In 1940, Winston Churchill authorised the creation of a new wartime secret service, the Special Operations Executive (SOE), with the order “And now set Europe Ablaze”.
This Friday, our 4th Form and 6th Form pupils learnt all about the secret agents who worked for the SOE. Using film and oral-history recordings, Martyn Cox brought their stories to life. He even spoke about our very own spy, Charles Fraser-Smith. Fraser-Smith was an Old Brightonian, and is widely thought to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s character, James Bond! Pupils had a great time learning all about the ‘secret war’, and the fascinating work of Second World War ‘secret warriors’.
We hope the talk has given them a deeper insight into the conflict, and inspired them to persevere with their own research.