The NecroMech Dossier Core Manual April 2018 - Page 242

P Section (Pacific Rim) covering Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and all other islands in the region. Mainland areas such as Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia remain under Zone E control. With Australia and New Zealand aligned with Britain responsibility for this region falls to local Australian military intelligence leaving only the need for liaison. This role falls mainly to Nancy Wake, a native New Zealander herself, who previously worked for SOE in France. Due to their shared experience in F-Section Nancy and Vera Atkins have a strong friendship SA Section (South America) and A Section (Africa) covering their respective continents. It should be noted that North America is deemed outside of SOE’s purview and operations there are solely managed by SIS. A subtler hand being required. However, with many in SIS airing the view that they see SOE as “amateurs” there is distinctly “no love lost” between the groups. Interestingly, this drives SOE and MI5 closer together. A relationship reinforced by the fact that the remaining areas of No Man’s Land and the Wastes , operations into which are controlled by SOE X Section , requires close liaison with MI5’s P-Division. Members of X Section include team lead John Hannay. Although at its peak in 1945 the organization directly employed or controlled just over 13,000 people including 3,200 women, by 1950 the new more focused SOE has shrunk to only 2000 (of which 500 are women). Following the tradition started as its founding the SOE primarily seeks to recruit those with unique skills, fluency in multiple languages, and most importantly the ability to “think outside the box”. Many operations as during WWII involve close ties with local support, often utilizing prior resistance contacts, and so being able to handle people is more valued than being able to handle a gun; the latter being easier to teach. Page 242