Colin Gubbins

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Sir Colin McVean Gubbins
Sir Colin Gubbins c.1940s
Born(1896-07-02)2 July 1896
Japan
Died11 February 1976(1976-02-11) (aged 79)
Stornoway
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1914–1946
RankMajor-General
Commands heldSpecial Operations Executive (1943-46)
Battles/warsFirst World War
North Russia Campaign
Anglo-Irish War
Second World War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross

Colin Gubbins was Major-General Sir Colin McVean Gubbins KCMG DSO MC (2 July 1896 – 11 February 1976). He was head of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in the Second World War.[1]

Gubbins was also responsible for setting up the secret Auxiliary Units, a civilian force to operate behind the German lines if the United Kingdom was invaded during Operation Sea Lion, Germany's planned invasion.

References[change | change source]

  1. Ashby, Bill. "Major General Sir Colin McVean Gubbins – Founder & First Commander". British Resistance Archive.