Biography

Historian Dr Helen Fry has written numerous books on World War Two with particular reference to intelligence, prisoners of war and the secret war, but also the 10,000 Germans who fought for Britain. Her acclaimed book The Walls Have Ears was in the Daily Mail’s Top Books of the Year for War (2019). She has written over 25 books – including The London Cage about Britain’s secret wartime interrogation centre.  Her latest book is MI9: A History of the British Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in WWII – the first history of the service for 40 years, and has been shortlisted for The Duke of Wellington Military Medal 2021.

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Helen is the leading expert on the ‘secret listeners’ at special eavesdropping sites run by British intelligence in WWII, including widespread media coverage and in-depth research into the bugging of Hitler’s generals at Trent Park in North London. She is the official biographer of MI6 spymaster, Colonel Thomas Joseph Kendrick.

​Helen is interviewed regularly on live TV and radio broadcasts, and has appeared and consulted for numerous TV documentaries. These include David Jason’s Secret Service (Channel 4), Spying on Hitler’s Army (Channel 4 / PBS), Race To Victory (History Channel), The Hunt for Hitler’s Missing Millions (Channel 5) and Home Front Heroes (BBC1).

She is an Ambassador for the Museum of Military Intelligence (UK), President of The Friends of the National Archives, an Honorary member of The Association of Jewish Refugees and an associate editor of Eye Spy Magazine. Helen undertakes speaking engagements at bespoke corporate events. She lives and works in London.

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A Secret Interrogation Centre in the heart of Kensington in WW2

A Secret Interrogation Centre in the heart of Kensington in WW2

In autumn 1940 British intelligence, MI9, opened a secret interrogation centre on behalf of in the heart of the millionaire enclave of London’s Kensington Palace Gardens. Taking over Nos. 6-7 and 8 & 8a, its commanding officer Colonel Alexander Scotland ensured that the mansion houses were ...
D-Day and Intelligence

D-Day and Intelligence

It was the 1st Duke of Marlborough (1715) who once said: ‘No war can be conducted successfully without early and good intelligence.’ That was also the belief of Hugh ‘Quex’ Sinclair (the head of MI6) in 1938 as Britain faced the escalating threat of war from Nazi Germany. Sinclair believed ...
MI9: The Forgotten Secret Service of WWII

MI9: The Forgotten Secret Service of WWII

MI9 is best known for the daring exploits of escape and evasion by soldiers and airmen in the Second World War. New research uncovered in declassified files by Eye Spy associate editor and historian Dr Helen Fry now adds to the superb histories of MI9 written after the war by Airey Neave, and ...
When the Walls Had Ears…..

When the Walls Had Ears…..

As German tanks rolled over the border and occupied Poland on 1 September 1939, one of Britain’s most senior spymasters MI6 intelligence officer Thomas Joseph Kendrick arrived at the Tower of London. Within a special compound, away from the public eye, he opened a unit that would secretly bug ...

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Helen Fry

Helen Fry

What first attracted you to the period or periods you work in?I have always been interested in history – inspired from a charismatic and quirky history teacher at school. As a teenager I loved to read historical fiction from the Tudor period. I was obsessed with Elizabeth I. However, doing A level history nearly killed my love ...