Secret War in Portugal [1939-1945]
For SOE [British Special Operation Executive] 24 Land was the code name for Portugal

18 February 2012

The Lisbon Route

I bought it two weeks ago. No time to read it fully. It is not a book about MI9 ways of escape. It's a portrait of the «transformation of Portugal's tranquil port city into the great escape hatch of Nazi Europe.The author, Ronald Weber, is professor emeritus of American studies at the University of Notre Dame. 
More than a vivid report about the "spy's nest" that Portugal became, it's an academic work written as a fiction book, appealing the reader, in a way it's a primary source book about major events occurred in this country during WW2 concerning secret war in the frame of our neutrality. 
Published by Ivan R. Dee, Plymouth, UK, in 2011, ISBN 978-1-56663-876-0

"Legião Portuguesa" and anti-nazi action!

Will be published in May my revised account about SOE activities in Portugal. The first edition was printed under the tittle "Traição a Salazar". The story line is about the role of "Legião Portuguesa" [LP] in the abortion of John Beevor's secret networks for clandestine and subversive guerrillas: in contradiction with its line of supporting left wing groups capable of direct action and black propaganda, SOE policy in this country involved contacts with that anti-communist armed militia of the Regime and that was reported by the PVDE, secret political police directed by Agostinho Lourenço. That was approved by the Foreign Office. Eurico Ribeiro Casais, LP man was mentioned in SOE telegrams I quote as «our friend».