Spirit of Resistance

Colin GUBBINS

Major-General Sir Colin Gubbins KCMG DSO MC

Royal Artillery, MI(R), SOE 

A Royal Artillery officer who served in France during the First World War; joined the War Office’s MI(R) in 1939 beginning his outstanding career in irregular warfare; was in Poland on the outbreak of war and served in the Norwegian Campaign; helped establish the Auxiliary Units in Britain in readiness for a German invasion; joined SOE in 1940 withresponsibility for training and operations; 1943 replaced Sir Charles Hambro as the organisation’s executive head; rose to the rank of Major-General but did not return to peace time military service.