We capture the personal recollections of our armed service Veterans
so their legacy of bravery, sacrifice and suffering can live on.
In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the disbanding of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in January 2016, Legasee in partnership with oral historian Martyn Cox, and with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, have captured 70 remarkable interviews with men and women who played vital roles in the clandestine operations of WWII.
The interviews, previously recorded on tape, have all been archived and are now freely available to view online in our dedicated Secret war video archive. Additionally, every interview has been deposited at the internationally recognised ‘Archive of Resistance Testimonies’ at the University of Sussex for further study.
During the Second World War, London played a central role to much of the organisation of all clandestine operations. As part of our project, we have created a mobile phone App which enables the public to learn about the “secret war” history of some of the buildings and streets of our capital city. Called ‘Spooks, Spies and Videotape - London’s secret War’, it is a free download on both Android and Apple phones.
Learning and Participation being key aims of the Project, pupils from St Marylebone C of E School were able to meet and question Secret War Veterans, assist with the production of lesson plans, the interactive App and create their own exhibition. Fifteen Volunteers have contributed their time and expertise to the project, increasing their knowledge and, we hope, enjoyed learning some new skills along the way.
Legasee is especially grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for enabling Legasee to bring this project to life. Thanks also must be given to many of the veterans who shared their stories with the oral historian, Martyn Cox, without them, this project would never have happened.