By Bernd Horn
An exam of the targeted Operations government (SOE), its accomplishments, and the Canadian connection to the organization.
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34] The anything goes mindset was pervasive within the SOE. ” In the end, contemporary values were quite starkly absent during the war. ” Throughout many documents pertaining to the SOE, this mentality was clearly articulated. The question of incentives to attract subversives and guerrilla fighters reveals the unlimited scope with regard to recruitment. One report asserted: However, it is not enough to dangle the bait of the removal of German oppression before prospective revolutionaries.
The school also covertly opened its doors to American FBI and OSS agents prior to the US entry into the war. The neophyte Americans had their first taste of the shadow war in Canada, and would later take what they had learned to their own schools back home. Finally, located in Camp X was Hydra, the top secret British communications facility that encrypted and decrypted all secret messages between Britain and stations in the Western Hemisphere. It was also the only means by which to send Ultra traffic (top secret intercepted German coded messages) from London to North America.
Its headquarters was located at 84 Moorgate Road in the Electra House Building. As a result, it was commonly referred to as Department EH (Electra House).  British planners clearly understood the value of sabotage and guerrilla operations. They also realized that German victories would leave the conquerors with a critical weakness. Namely, as the Germans occupied more territory they would become overextended. Moreover, the Allies could exploit national resistance as a weapon.  The scene had already been set psychologically for an approach to the war that would take the fight more directly to the Germans despite the dilemma that faced the Allies.