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Title: Cecil Edward Barnes (1907-1952)

Description: Cecil Edward Barnes (AKA: Tom; 1907-1952), Captain in SOE (Special Operations Executive) in WWII. Barnes, a New Zealander, was part of the twelve-man SOE demolition group that landed in Greece to complete with Greek Resistance fighters (ELAS and EDES) Operation Harling, the destruction of the Gorgopotamos Viaduct in Central Greece. This group destroyed that bridge on November 25, 1942, with plastic explosive charges. The demolition of the bridge was accomplished while a firefight raged between the approximately 150 Greek resistant fighters and German troops guarding the bridge. The spans and girders supporting them were blown up, thus preventing Nazi supplies from getting through to the Africa Corps in North Africa, then commanded by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel; November 15, 1891-October 14, 1944). Operation Harling proved to be one of the most successful SOE sabotage operations in WWII.

Category: Intelligence

Keywords: Cecil Edward Barnes, Tom Barnes, SOE, Special Operations Executive, British Intelligence, spies, spying, espionage, sabotage, Greece, viaducts, bridges, explosions, plastic explosives, destruction, United Kingdom, Great Britain, England, supply lines, Africa Corps, Erwin Rommel, North Africa

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 900 x 1068 (1.19)

Print Size: 7.6 x 9.0 cm; 3.0 x 3.6 inches

File Size: 2.78 MB (2,919,518 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004526

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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