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The Happy Traitor, by Simon Kuper

The Happy Traitor, by Simon Kuper

George Blake's death in 2020 led to the publication of this new biography from Simon Kuper.

On a Saturday in 2012, journalist Simon Kuper had the highly sought-after opportunity to interview the last surviving traitor of the Cold War, George Blake, in his dacha (home) outside Moscow. As it turned out, Kuper is believed to have been the last Western...

Foursquare: The Last Parachutist, by George Bearfield

Foursquare: The Last Parachutist, by George Bearfield

A little-known operation during WW2 is given a close examination in a new book.

Most of us have probably never heard of Operation Foursquare, a top secret operation into Czechoslovakia at the end of the Second World War. On the night of 4th May 1945, an RAF plane takes off from Dijon in France, with four Czech soldiers on board, who have been...

Spymaster: The Man Who Saved MI6, by Helen Fry

Spymaster: The Man Who Saved MI6, by Helen Fry

The espionage historian has written a biography of Thomas Kendrick, long serving officer of MI6.
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British Intelligence operations of the Second World War have been the frequent subject of both scholarly and creative attention, often appearing in popular culture in films such as The Imitation Game and A Call To Spy. Some might argue that there is little left to...

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...

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...

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...

A Secret Interrogation Centre in the heart of Kensington in WW2

A Secret Interrogation Centre in the heart of Kensington in WW2

Revelations of an MI9 operation in an exclusive enclave of London

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...