Spirit of Resistance

The Gerry Holdsworth Special Forces Trust is a charitable endeavour set up in 1989 to help preserve and promote the heritage of the wartime Special Operations Executive (SOE) and related special forces.

Named after Commander Gerry Holdsworth, a leading member of SOE throughout the Second World War, the Trust was established by a grant made by Sir Paul Getty and with the assistance of Viscount Slim, Sir Brooks Richards and Lady Getty (Victoria Holdsworth). The current chairman of Trustees is General Sir Michael Rose.

Each year, the Trust seeks to make available a small number of modest grants to researchers and organisations engaged in serious research and commemorative projects relating to the history of SOE and special forces.

For details of past projects that have received the Trust’s support, see here.

For details of how to apply to the Trust, see here.

Trust News

04 Feb 2014
Commissioned by the UK Cabinet Office, a series of official histories of the Special Operations Executive have reached publication since 1966.... [More]
04 Feb 2014
The permanent ‘Secret War’ gallery in London’s Imperial War Museum, dedicated to the history of SOE, SIS, GCHQ,... [More]