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Between Silk and Cyanide by Leo Marks - In , with a black-market chicken tucked under his arm by his mother, Leo Marks left his father's famous bookshop, . Editorial Reviews. yazik.info Review. At the age of 8, Leo Marks discovered the great game of code-making and -breaking in his father's London bookshop. In Between Silk and Cyanide, his critically acclaimed account of his time in SOE, Marks tells how he revolutionised the code-making techniques.


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Between Silk and Cyanide

Dismissing him, the captain asked for the code back, and was rather shocked to find out that Marks had not actually had the code, and had not expected one since they asked him to "break" rather than decode the message.

And this was a code that they were actually using operationally.

Unfortunately, the rest of their codes and procedures were about as secure, and equally disrespectful to the lives of the people who depended on them. This is what made the book so moving, for me.

Many of the power-wielding paper-pushers in London were far more preoccupied by petty politics than by whether or not their workers behind enemy lines lived or died. I was saddened and angered by the needless sacrifice of those courageous people who volunteered for such dangerous work - knowing full well that if they were caught, they would be horribly tortured and then killed or sent to die in an extermination camp.

The main theme throughout the book is Marks' urgent efforts to improve matters.

Unlike many of those in power in SOE, he seems to have been constantly aware that codes were not just paper exercises, and made a nuisance of himself throughout his work there by trying to change how cryptography was handled. His eventual success in doing so was considerable, but came far too late for many who died at the hands of the Gestapo.

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Yet Marks never gave up, even though he often had to go outside official channels or use unorthodox means to do so - frequently with somewhat amusing results - whether frisking officials, impersonating his boss in memos, or bribing people with black-market provisions acquired by his mother. For example, he becomes so frustrated by the unwillingness of SOE to help him recruit more women for his Codes division that he sends a message to the Ministry of Labour: "Do not reject any girl on grounds of insanity without first offering her to SOE.

A large part of the problem was the politics and infighting rife within SOE, and between it and other agencies especially "C", the Secret Intelligence Service. Marks at least becomes adept at using these rivalries to his advantage: when agents or sections are reluctant to adopt his coding innovations, he regretfully informs them that he might not have enough for them because the Free French, or whoever, were getting priority.

Between Silk and Cyanide

One of Marks's main preoccupations throughout the book is Holland. Based on their messages, Marks believed that most or all of SOE's agents there had been captured, with their messages sent under duress or directly by Marks's nemesis, Herr Giskes.

For the most part, SOE refuses you will be surprised to learn to take Marks seriously despite the evidence piling up, and continues to send stores and agents straight into the hands of the Nazis. Largely powerless to change this situation despite his strenuous efforts, Marks institutes Plan Giskes to salvage what he can from the sorry mess. A vital component of this was his efforts to lull Giskes into a false sense of security for when the plan got underway.

It is gripping, educational, and funny, and comes highly recommended. At the age of 22, Leo Marks joined the Special Operations Executive, which managed resistance, espionage, and sabotage operations in Occupied Europe.

A Codemaker's War,

His path to becoming an SOE cryptographer was not particularly smooth. First off, his interview with the code-breaking school did not get off to a good start, when the interviewer Having been accepted, he then became the only member of his class not to be considered worthy of the main cryptographic agency, Station X at Bletchley Park - mainly because of a bad case of being too clever for his own good.

He was offered to SOE, but was very nearly rejected after they asked him to "break" an encoded message and were most disappointed when this took him the best part of a day, noting that their girls could do it in 20 minutes. Dismissing him, the captain asked for the code back, and was rather shocked to find out that Marks had not actually had the code, and had not expected one since they asked him to "break" rather than decode the message.

And this was a code that they were actually using operationally.

Unfortunately, the rest of their codes and procedures were about as secure, and equally disrespectful to the lives of the people who depended on them.

This is what made the book so moving, for me.

Many of the power-wielding paper-pushers in London were far more preoccupied by petty politics than by whether or not their workers behind enemy lines lived or died. I was saddened and angered by the needless sacrifice of those courageous people who volunteered for such dangerous work - knowing full well that if they were caught, they would be horribly tortured and then killed or sent to die in an extermination camp.

The main theme throughout the book is Marks' urgent efforts to improve matters.

Unlike many of those in power in SOE, he seems to have been constantly aware that codes were not just paper exercises, and made a nuisance of himself throughout his work there by trying to change how cryptography was handled. His eventual success in doing so was considerable, but came far too late for many who died at the hands of the Gestapo. Yet Marks never gave up, even though he often had to go outside official channels or use unorthodox means to do so - frequently with somewhat amusing results - whether frisking officials, impersonating his boss in memos, or bribing people with black-market provisions acquired by his mother.

For example, he becomes so frustrated by the unwillingness of SOE to help him recruit more women for his Codes division that he sends a message to the Ministry of Labour: "Do not reject any girl on grounds of insanity without first offering her to SOE.

A large part of the problem was the politics and infighting rife within SOE, and between it and other agencies especially "C", the Secret Intelligence Service.Indeed, he is relentless in pursuing and taking responsibility for his mistakes.

His close relationship with "the White Rabbit" and Violette Szabo -- two of the greatest British agents of the war -- and his accounts of the many others he dealt with result in a thrilling and poignant memoir that celebrates individual courage and endeavor, without losing sight of the human cost and horror of war.

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Marks was in his early 20s during the war, a civilian with military rank in Britains elite Special Operations Executive, a prodigy immersed in a pasty world of subterranean old men. Among the astonishing revelations is his account of the code war between SOE and the Germans in Holland. His close relationship with "the White Rabbit" and Violette Szabo -- two of the greatest British agents of the war -- and his accounts of the many others he dealt with result in a thrilling and poignant memoir that celebrates individual courage and endeavor, without losing sight of the human cost and horror of war.