Book review: An Englishman Abroad

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11 August 2019
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More tales from the SOE here, with Dick Mallaby’s Italian mission from 1943-45.

Author: Gianluca Barneschi

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

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More tales from the SOE here, with Dick Mallaby’s Italian mission from 1943-45. Before he gets to that though, there’s quite a lot of build up, with him serving in North Africa and then training after being recruited by the SOE. Being an Englishman raised in Tuscany, Mallaby spoke perfect Italian and thus was the perfect candidate for such operations as co-ordinating the Italian surrender and the escape of the King in 1943. There’s a lot of the drudgery of spy work, interspersed with periods of high excitement and peril, all of which comes through with this story.

 

• Osprey Publishing

 

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• ISBN 978-1-4728-3544-4

 

• 340 pages • Hardback • £16.99

 

As reviewed in The Armourer September 2019

 

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