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Peter Wilkinson (1914-2000)Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Peter Wilkinson (1914-2000)

Description: Peter Wilkinson (Sir Peter Allix Wilkinson; 1914-2000), British diplomat and SOE officer. Born in India and educated at Rugby and Cambridge (his father was killed at the Battle of Ypres in 1915 in WWI, a year after he was born), Wilkinson worked in the British War Office prior to WWII. He escaped Poland when the Nazis invaded that country in 1939, along with Colin Gubbins (Sir Colin McVean Gubbins; July 2, 1896-February 11, 1976), later a British major general. Gubbins and Wilkinson went to France, working for British Intelligence (MI6; SIS), and escaped that country when the Nazis invaded it in 1940. Thereafter, Gubbins and Wilkinson were instrumental in creating Special Operations Executive (SOE; AKA: The Baker Street Irregulars), a British intelligence service that conducted espionage and sabotage in enemy-occupied countries, particularly France, during WWII. Wilkinson became an officer in SOE, in charge of covert operations in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and elsewhere. He trained and supplied with weapons and explosives two Czech patriots Jan Kubis (June 24, 1913-June 18, 1942) and Jozef Gabcik (Josef Gabcik; Joseph Gabcik; April 8, 1912-June 18, 1942), both parachuting into Czechoslovakia, where they mortally wounded Nazi SS and SD leader Reinhard Heydrich (March 7, 1904-June 4, 1942) on a Prague street on May 27, 1942 (both later took their lives when trapped by German troops). Wilkinson then went to Bosnia, working with the Resistance fighters in Austria and Slovenia. Following the war, Wilkinson became a diplomat and worked as Coordinator of Intelligence for the British Cabinet Office.

Category: Intelligence

Keywords: Peter Wilkinson, Colin Gubbins, SOE, Special Operations Executive, British Intelligence, Poland, France, Czechoslovakia, Jan Kubis, Jozef Gabcik, Reinhard Heydrich, SS, SD, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, United Kingdom, Great Britain, England, Coordinator of Intelligence, British Cabinet Office, MI6, SIS, spies, spying, espionage, assassinations, Battle of Ypres, Rugby, Cambridge, WWI, WWII, World War II, Second World War

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 900 x 1092 (1.21)

Print Size: 7.6 x 9.2 cm; 3.0 x 3.6 inches

File Size: 2.85 MB (2,986,852 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004536

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection


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