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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:21 am 
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Hello everyone.

A year ago we acquired the diary of Special Operations Executive, Maurice Southgate. He was an English national who lived in France pre-war with his French wife. With the coming of War, he served with the BEF and was evacuated from France at Dunkirk. In England he went on to work in the Air Ministry, administrating Polish Pilots, until early 1942, before he eventually joined the SOE and coordinated the French resistance in southwest France. More can be found of him on http://www.nigelperrin.com/mauricesouthgate.htm

The diary charts his course from 1940-42 as a co-ordinator in the RAF. It was soon sold, but before it went we managed to make a translation (was originally in French). It really is a fantastic account, full of humour, insight and historic detail. We are planning to release it weekly in parts on our new blog for everyone to read.

The introductory article and part 1 has just been posted and can be seen here: http://blog.paradeantiques.co.uk/maurice-southgate-soe/

I understand this isn’t directly about re-enactment, but it provides a helpful insight into the life of a renowned SOE agent and if nothing else, is really worth a read.

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"The next day I take two hours to get to work; what damage. Houses destroyed or on fire. Plaster dust catches your eyes and throat. Glass and rubble all over the streets and buses still trying to get to their destinations. London and the Londoners are incredible. They work when the bombs fall and are even able to sleep through it."

The second part of Maurice Southgate's fascinating WWII diary, whilst he is working for the air ministry in London

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'In the news today: “The French government, sick of seeing England try and grab their colonies has seen fit to kick out all British subjects.” On the other hand, their Indochina bases are given to the Japanese. Yesterday our losses were quite serious, 15 bombers lost on the attack against Brest and La Palice, as well as 10 fighters. The Russians are holding on.'

The third part of SOE agent Maurice Southgate's diary. This entry details his experiences in wartime Britain, during the summer of 1940.

http://blog.paradeantiques.co.uk/southgates-diary-part-3-24th-25th-july-1940

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27th July 1941
'Clear sky outside, ideal bombing weather, if the Germans knew. They haven’t been over for several weeks (10 to be exact). We do not forget them however, every night two large German towns get some of our medicine, not counting canals, railways and not forgetting their shipping.'

Part 4 is up!

http://blog.paradeantiques.co.uk/southg ... -july-1940

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"This, by the way, is a true story : “Squadron Pilots, billeted at what had been a school for girls, discovered a bell push over which was the notice – Anyone requiring a mistress during the night will ring the bell 3 times” – They put it out of order the first night."

http://blog.paradeantiques.co.uk/southgates-diary-part-5-30-31-july-1941/

Apologies, bit late this week!

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Looking forward to reading it

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BedsnHerts wrote:
Looking forward to reading it

Glad to hear it, it is a fascinating read :)

Part 6 is up!

"in the office I am involved in serious politics, very serious politics even, and we have to defeat the Nazi’s at any cost. I cannot put more to paper. In tonight’s news, I have heard that Berlin has been severely bombed last night and I suppose London will get it today or tomorrow."

http://blog.paradeantiques.co.uk/southg ... art-6-1941

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Well there has been a bit of delay on this one. We are still trying to get them out weekly but we had a raft race to prepare for in aid of the RNLI so by the time we had built the thing and got on with the race we are a bit behind. Apologies.

Part 7 is up for your reading pleasure, you have our word next week will not be so tardy.

http://blog.paradeantiques.co.uk/southg ... gust-1941/

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