Le Special Operations Executive (SOE, « Direction des opérations spéciales ») est un service secret britannique qui opéra pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale (créé le 19-22 juillet 1940 par Winston Churchill ,Le 30 juin 1946, le SOE, devenu sans objet, est dissous. Ce qui reste du personnel et des équipements est absorbé par le MI6,
Vera Atkins, CBE (16 June 1908, Bucharest, Romania - 24 June 2000, Hastings, England) was a British intelligence officer during World War II. Atkins was given one of SOE's most sensitive jobs - recruiting and deploying female agents. When the allied victory in Europe was accomplished, she went to Germany. Her self-appointed mission was to investigate the fate of the 118 F section agents who had disappeared in enemy territory. She succeeded in every case except one.