Thailand's Secret War: OSS, SOE and the Free Thai by E. Bruce Reynolds

By E. Bruce Reynolds

Regardless of its 1941 alliance with Japan, Thai leaders controlled to set up clandestine relatives with China, Britain and the USA, each one of which had goals for postwar impact in Bangkok. established mostly on lately declassified intelligence files, this narrative historical past completely explores those kinfolk, info Allied mystery operations and sheds new mild at the severe contention among the British certain Operations govt (SOE) and the U.S. place of work of Strategic prone (OSS).

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When informed that they would be trained as soldiers by the Americans, Harvard student Chok na Ranong asked if they would be considered Thai or American soliders. Seni emphasized his preference for the former. Chok suggested that they call themselves “Free Thai soldiers” to distinguish themselves from Phibun’s men. Second Secretary Luang Ditthakan interjected that the USA had indicated that it would not recognize any additional “free” movements. 56 The decision did not rest with the Thai, however, as the Americans would have the final say over the military status of any Thai volunteers they trained.

Neung satawan Suphasawat, 61 and Suphasawat to Seni, 14 May 1942, FO 371-31862-3953, PRO. “SOE Action in Thailand,” 17 June 1942 and “Summary of Svasti’s Appreciation,” 16 June 1942, HS1-70, PRO. 1 to AB/U, 6 April 1942, HS1-70, PRO. , and Seni to Snoh, 6 March 1942, F1341; Washington to London, 10 March 1942, F2491; and London to Washington, 14 April 1942, F2491/396/40 in 371-31862-3933; Mani Sanasen, “The Free Thais in England,” September 1943, HS1-72 and “Report by Major Grut on Negotiations in Washington,” HS-73, PRO, Kew; and Puey, “Temporary Soldier” in Direk, Siam and World War II, 126–27.

C. , Neung satawan Suphasawat, 225. Khap to Babbitt, 25 March 1942 and Donovan to Joint Chiefs of Staff, 16 August 1942, Reel 110, “Office of Strategic Services Microfilm Copy of Files Selected for Filming by Gen. William J. Donovan, Director of Strategic Services,” US Military History Institute, Carlisle, Barracks, PA. ” “Recommendation for Promotion,” Box 2, M. , Folder 2991, Box 172, Entry 154, RG 226, USNA; and James Grafton Rogers, Wartime Washington: The Secret OSS Journal of James Grafton Rogers, edited by Thomas Troy (Frederick, MD, 1987), 9, 14.

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