Entitled ‘The Secrets of Station 14: Briggens House, SOE’s Forgery and Polish Elite Agent Training Station’, the book tells the history of Briggens House in Roydon, Essex, and the team of forgers established there in 1941 by the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) on the orders of Churchill to “set Europe ablaze”.
VIDEO: Called Voices of the Home Army, the animation uses actors and modern animation techniques to create a comic-book style that breathes life into the commanders of the largest underground army in World War Two.
Forced to conduct much of its operations underground, the movement created a rich visual culture of resistance through designs and logos that spoke to people from all walks of society.
Begun at around 9am on the 22nd of July, the executions carried out by a special death commando unit saw prisoners shot dead in their individual cells before being herded together and killed en-masse. Others were gunned down in the castle’s corridors and courtyard.
The Cichociemni, or the Silent Unseen, were elite special-operations paratroopers trained in the UK to carry out covert operations, sabotage and intelligence-gathering in occupied Poland. Most of them completed their training at Audley End House, an early 17th-century country house outside Saffron Walden, Essex, England, one of the finest Jacobean houses in the UK.
The new documentary produced by Marcin Borchardt reconstructs Halik’s remarkable and unique life story over half a decade using archival materials, including hitherto unpublished films shot by Halik from his multitude of journeys around the globe.