as they inevitably did


Senior Member
Persian - Shiraz
Hi! Dear All!
What is the reference of the pronoun "they" in the passage?
"Furthermore, this study has also shown that it was the SD who selected the least suitable personnel for missions, provided them with totally inadequate training, and abandoned them to their fate when things went wrong, as they inevitably did."
It is about the Nazi Regime's attempts for sabotage in Persia. SD was an organization of it, which prepared and planned these operations. I don't know "they" refers to SD or "personnel".
Thanks very much.
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