image for Literary Event item typeGiles MiltonThe Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare at Richmond Lending Library

Literary Event, Mon 21 Nov 2016


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Six gentlemen, one goal – the destruction of Hitler’s war machine.

In the spring of 1939, a top secret organisation was founded by Winston Churchill in London: its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler’s war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage.
Cecil Clarke was a maverick engineer who had spent the 1930s inventing futuristic caravans. He built the dirty bomb used to assassinate Hilter’s favourite, Reinhard Heydrich. William Fairbairn was a portly pensioner with an unusual passion: he was the world’s leading expert in silent killing. He was hired to train the guerrillas being parachuted behind enemy lines.

Led by dapper Scotsman Colin Gubbins, Churchill’s ‘Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ planned the
most audacious sabotage attacks of the Second World War. The six ‘ministers’, aided by a group of
formidable ladies, single-handedly changed the course of the war. With previously unseen archive
material and told with historian Giles Milton’s trademark verve and eye for detail, The Ministry
of Ungentlemanly Warfare is, perhaps, the last great untold story of the Second World War.

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Mon 21 Nov 2016 19:00


Special £5 ticket price for Richmond Card holders



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