MC:P2/4 Dodds-Parker’s War Service, the Special Operations Executive and the Special Forces Club
At the outbreak of the Second World War, Dodds-Parker joined the Grenadier Guards, but in July 1940 he was recruited into the Special Operations Executive (SOE), an organisation created to foster non-military action behind enemy lines. Dodds-Parker spent the rest of the war as a member of SOE, and wrote an account of his experiences inSetting Europe Ablaze.
Not many papers survive from Dodds-Parker’s wartime years: his memoirs show that he had to destroy much material as soon as it was no longer of immediate use. However, this section also includes many papers from after 1945 which relate to the SOE, including reminiscences from Dodds-Parker and others, discussions on the writing of histories of special operations, and documents relating to the Special Forces Club, which Dodds-Parker joined after his retirement from active politics, and of which he became Chairman and President.
In addition to the following papers, see MC:P2/15/1J/10–15 for Dodds-Parker’s engagement diaries from this period.
The papers in this section are divided into the following series:
MC:P2/4/1C Correspondence on Dodds-Parker’s War Service
MC:P2/4/1MS Notes on Dodds-Parker’s war service before 1945
MC:P2/4/1P SOE-related photographs before 1945
MC:P2/4/1N Pamphlets and newspaper cuttings before 1945
MC:P2/4/1X Printed Ephemera before 1945
MC:P2/4/1M Maps, 1939–1945
MC:P2/4/2MS Notes on the SOE and SFC after 1945
MC:P2/4/2P SOE and SFC-related photographs after 1945
MC:P2/4/2N Printed Material after 1945
MC:P2/4/3N Copies of the Special Forces Newsletter
MC:P2/4/2AU Audio-Visual material on the SOE
MC:P2/4/4P Photographs of the Ethiopian Campaign
MC:P2/4/4N Pamphlets on the Ethiopian Campaign
MC:P2/4/4C Correspondence on Ethiopia
MC:P2/4/5C Contents of Dodds-Parker’s “Red Box”
Return here to the introduction to this catalogue.