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The role of a secret agent in World War Two

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Chesterfield Museum
St Mary's Gate
S41 7TD
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Special Operation Executive


Learn what it took to be a secret agent in the Second World War, how SOE's were recruited, the training they undertook and the role of a wireless operator in France.

History's Maid has created the following two video's which will be available from Saturday 19 September on the Chesterfield Museum Facebook page.

Part 1 – Handbags to hand grenades

Will be scheduled for 10am and tells the story of recruitment into the Special Operations Executive which was a top secret organisation set up by Winston Churchill. It covers the interview process, preliminary training, paramilitary course and parachute training and includes being taught silent killing, how to use a Sten Gun, incendiary cigarettes, morse code and forged identity cards.

Part 2– Moondrop to France

Will be scheduled for 2pm and tells the story of a secret agent who after completing and passing all the training is sent to France as a wireless operator. It tells of her fear of being discovered by the German’s, what a coding silk is, sending intelligence reports, taking part in a parachute drop and how the job became more fraught as D Day approached.

These videos will remain on the Chesterfield Museum Facebook page for you to watch at your convenience.

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