Spooks Spies and Videotape


Project summary

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the disbanding of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in January 2016, Legasee in partnership with oral historian Martyn Cox, and with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, have captured 70 remarkable interviews with men and women who played vital roles in the clandestine operations of WWII.

The interviews, previously recorded on tape, have all been archived and are now freely available to view online in our dedicated Secret war video archive. Additionally, every interview  has been deposited at the internationally recognised ‘Archive of Resistance Testimonies’ at the University of Sussex for further study.

During the Second World War, London played a central role to much of the organisation of all clandestine operations. As part of the project, we have created a mobile phone App.  It  features both video and audio recordings of people who served in the buildings along with facts, photos and documents from the National Archives.  Featuring geo-location it enables the public to learn about the “secret war” history of some of the buildings and streets of our capital city.
This App is a free download on both Android and Apple phones. Click here to access:  http://apple.co/2dGhGPA

Reflections on the project
A great project with a lot of good press coverage. Met and interviewed some fascinating veterans from a fascinating chapter of British military history. My only regret is that I didn’t start the search ten years ago.

All the interviews can be viewed at:  http://www.legasee.org.uk/oursecretwar/the-archive/

For more information about the project please contact Martin Bisiker: martin@legasee.org.uk