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British Clandestine Activities in Romania during the Second World War


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Dennis Deletant
    Pages 1-10
  3. Dennis Deletant
    Pages 107-118
  4. Dennis Deletant
    Pages 119-131
  5. Dennis Deletant
    Pages 132-154
  6. Dennis Deletant
    Pages 169-172
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 173-257

About this book


British Clandestine Activities in Romania during the Second World War is the first monograph to examine the activity throughout the entire war of SOE and MI6. It was generally believed in Britain's War Office, after Hitler's occupation of Austria in March 1938, that Germany would seek to impose its will on South-East Europe before turning its attention towards Western Europe. Given Romania's geographical position, there was little Britain could offer her. The brutal fact of British-Romanian relations was that Germany was inconveniently in the way: opportunity, proximity of manufacture and the logistics of supply all told in favour of the Third Reich. This held, of course, for military as well as economic matters. In these circumstances the British concluded that their only weapon against German ambitions in countries which fell into Hitler's orbit were military subversive operations and a concomitant attempt to draw Romania out of her alliance with Germany.


Second World War Romania MI6 Third Reich Germany Britain communism empire Europe history Holocaust military modern history World War II

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityUSA

About the authors

Dennis Deletant is Visiting Ion Ra?iu Professor of Romanian Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, USA. He is also Emeritus Professor of Romanian Studies at University College, London, where he taught in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies between 1969 and 2011.

Bibliographic information


“A much-needed contribution to the understanding of the British intelligence activities targeting Romania during World War II … . this highly readable book is a must-read for students of Romanian and British history, especially for those interested in the history of espionage and international, political, and military history, the Holocaust, and the early communist regime in Romania.” (Ștefan Cristian Ionescu, H-Net Reviews,, October, 2018)

“Professor Dennis Deletant’s recent efforts at clarifying Romania’s place in the history of the Second World War have therefore been invaluable not only for Romanian scholarship, but for wider European historiography. … Deletant’s latest book is yet another much-needed and useful addition to the history of Romania and of East-Central Europe. … Those invested in the study of history can hope that this book will rekindle scholarly interest in the evolution of this part of Europe.” (Vlad Onaciu, LSE Review of Books,, September, 2016)