No Moon as Witness

Missions of the SOE and OSS in World War II

James Stejskal

A history of the perilous missions undertaken by British and American agents in Occupied Europe during WWII.
Publication date:
May 2021
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Casemate Publishers
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• Interest in the dangerous missions that paved the way for the success of Operation Overlord is high as the anniversary of the Normandy fighting is commemorated (6th June)
• Complete with photographs, diagrams, timeline and glossary

Winston Churchill famously instructed the head of the Special Operations Executive to "Set Europe ablaze!” Agents of both the British Special Operations Executive and the American Office of Strategic Services underwent rigorous training before making their way, undetected, into Occupied Europe. Working alone or in small cells, often cooperating with local resistance groups, agents undertook missions behind enemy lines involving sabotage, subversion, organizing resistance groups and intelligence-gathering.

The SOE's notable successes included the destruction of a power station in France, the assassination of Himmler's deputy Reinhard Heyrich, and ending the Nazi atomic bomb program by destroying the heavy water plant at Vemork, Norway. OSS operatives established anti-Nazi resistance groups across Europe, and managed to smuggle operatives into Nazi Germany, including running one of the war's most important spies, German diplomat Fritz Kolbe.

All of their missions were incredibly dangerous and many agents were captured, tortured, and ultimately killed - the life expectancy of an SOE wireless operator in occupied France was just six weeks.

In No Moon as Witness, historian James Stejskal examines why these agencies were established, the training regimen and ingenious tools developed to enable agents to undertake their missions, their operational successes, and their legacy.


...concise, more easily readable but nevertheless thorough account that benefits from the author's particular knowledge and background [...] An excellent read.
Love Reading

The book is well written with good details on the agents, their specialized equipment, and a selection of their missions.
WWII History

…the book is well organized and also an excellent read. Some books that I read end up going to the ‘annual used book fair'; this one is a keeper and has found a home on my reference bookshelf.
Special Operations News from Around the World

This is an excellent, if perhaps somewhat short, history of these two unconventional organisations, helping to see how they differed, how they were similar, and what impact they had on the course of the war.
History of War

While refreshingly brief, the book has considerable value as a modern overview of activities that took place more than 75 years ago and were then mostly highly secret.
Baird Maritime