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Katherine Barnes - The Sabotage Diaries


Katherine Barnes is a prize-winning author whose book The Sabotage Diaries presents a first-person narrative reconstructed from the diaries, reports and letters of her father-in-law Cecil Edward (‘Tom’) Barnes. Tom was parachuted behind enemy lines in Greece in 1942 with a small, hand-picked band of Allied soldiers to carry out a secret mission for the Special Operations Executive. Tom, a civil engineer, led the demolition party that sabotaged the Gorgopotamos Railway Viaduct, thus blocking Rommel’s supply lines—an event still celebrated annually in Greece.

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