Jepson, Selwyn (Oral history)

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  • 9331
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  • whole: Duration 80, Number Of Items 3
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  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


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British officer served as recruiting officer with F Section, Special Operations Executive in GB, 1942-1945

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REEL 1 Background in GB, France and Italy, 1899-1939: family; education at Sorbonne, Paris; employment; move to Italy; reaction to outbreak of Second World War, 9/1939. Recollections of period as recruiting officer for F Section, Special Operations Executive in GB, 1942-1945: background to recruitment to organisation via MI1(x), late 1942; work as recruiting officer; background to decision to recruit women; backing of Prime Minister Winston Churchill to use women in Special Operations Executive; method of recruiting women; recruitment of Odette Hallowes; sources of contacts; M15 vetting. REEL 2 Continues: questions in House of Commons about his work; nature of interviews with potential recruits; qualities required of recruits; character of ‘coup de main’ recruits; loyalties of non-British nationals recruited for F Section including Noor Inayat Khan; question of recruitment of Free French personnel; F Section personnel; relations amongst F Section team; pressure of work; length of recruitment process; doubts about recruits. REEL 3 Continues: supply of recruits; size of F Section compared with other national sections; attitude towards role; feedback on agents and operations; working with Maurice Buckmaster; effects of pressure of work and attitude towards work; story of Odette Sansom’s influence over commandant of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp; opinion of romanticism ascribed to Special Operations Executive; role of Jedburgh teams; memories of John Lodwick; memories of Harry Ree.

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