The True Stories of the Reconnaissance and Intelligence Missions Behind D-Day
In preparation for the Normandy invasion, the Allies left as little as possible to chance: in addition to the intense military planning and training a vast information-gathering campaign was undertaken. This study details how specialist units across the services built up an unprecedented body of intelligence, with sources ranging from aerial reconnaissance missions and decipherment of German signals to canoeist and swimmer teams sneaking onto beaches to take soil and sand samples.
Under Every Leaf
How Britain Played the Greater Game from Afghanistan to Africa
This first study of the War Office Intelligence Division profiles the elite group of officers whose activities sustained the British Empire in its Victorian heyday. From an inconspicuous house in Queen Anne’s Gate, London, they created a global network of spies so extensive that it gave rise to the expression, ‘Anywhere a leaf moves, underneath you will find an Englishman.’
The Road Not Taken
Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam
Edward Lansdale was a CIA agent who has been compared to Graham Greene’s ‘Quiet American’. He refused to participate in the overthrow of South Vietnam’s Diem government, a key turning point in the escalating conflict, and continued to argue for a less aggressive approach with more focus on winning hearts and minds. This biography explores his life and the impact that the different approach he advocated might have had.
The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton
Legendary spy chief James Jesus Angleton was the head of CIA Counterintelligence during the Cold War, which inspired his obsessive hunt for Communist moles. He played a significant role in major KGB defections, the obstruction of investigations into the JFK assassination and the first US forays into mass surveillance. This biography presents another side to him, showing an intriguing, reclusive figure whose friends included Ezra Pound, TS Eliot and members of the underground Washington gay scene.
The Codebreaking Outstations, from Eastcote to GCHQ
The codebreaking work at Bletchley Park was supported by an extensive infrastructure of outstations, the largest being at Eastcote, which later became GCHQ. By consulting archival documents, visiting the wartime bases and talking to those with personal knowledge, the author has pieced together the stories of these lesser-known sites. The book also features analysis of the improvements to Alan Turing’s Bombe machine and highlights the vital contribution of the Wrens in operating this equipment.
The Man Who Broke Enigmas
Brilliant classical scholar Alfred Dillwyn Knox was recruited by the Admiralty as a codebreaker in 1915 and by the outbreak of the Second World War was a leading cryptographer for the Government Code and Cypher School, breaking the Abwehr Enigma at Bletchley Park in 1941. This biography of the eccentric genius is written by one of 'Dilly's girls' - his codebreaking assistants at Bletchley - and describes his life and work, including detailed explanations of his decryption methods.
A Clear Case of Genius
Room 40's Code-Breaking Pioneer
Admiral Sir Reginald ‘Blinker’ Hall (1870–1943) was the Director of Naval Intelligence throughout the First World War; Room 40 was his Admiralty HQ. In the 1920s he wrote an autobiography, but it was banned by government order. The parts that have survived, published here with commentary by Philip Vickers, give an absorbing account of Room 40's staff and their top-secret work, including the decryption of the Zimmermann telegram and the interception of Kaisermarine’s cypher system.
Secret Duties of a Signals Interceptor
Working with Bletchley Park, the SDS and the OSS
When serving as a bilingual wireless operator with the Special Defence Force (SDS) in Dover during the Second World War, US national Jenny Nater fell in love with a naval officer. Their love affair ended in tragedy, but their letters, which dominate the narrative in this wartime memoir, describe some of the military operations in which they were involved, including the interception of traffic from German naval vessels to relay back to Bletchley Park.
Operation Lena and Hitler's Plots to Blow Up Britain
During the Second World War, there were numerous German plots to sabotage British infrastructure, many of them using saboteurs and agents provocateurs enlisted from the ranks of the IRA, Welsh and Scottish extremists and foreign nationals. Starting with the IRA’s ‘S-Plan’, Bernard O’Connor gives detailed accounts of the successes and failures of the Nazis’ collaborative operations on the British mainland and describes how MI5 used code-breakers and double agents, notably ZIGZAG, in a widespread counter-sabotage programme.
Spy of the Century
Alfred Redl and the Betrayal of Austro-Hungary
When, in 1907, Alfred Redl became head of the Austro-Hungarian Intelligence Bureau, he also began working as a secret agent for the Russian Imperial Army. This biography, the first in English, examines possible motivations behind Redl’s treachery, which is often blamed for Austria’s defeat in the First World War and the break-up of its empire. Was Redl an evil, reckless man or the tragic victim of Russian blackmail that threatened to expose his homosexuality?
Fighting Nazi Occupation
British Resistance 1939–1945
In this revealing investigative history, Malcolm Atkin attempts to reconstruct the story of a secret intelligence operation designed to counter a Nazi occupation of Britain during the Second World War. Examining the philosophy behind the multi-layered initiatives for the defence of the realm, he discovers that some of the resistance organizations, including Section VII of the Secret Intelligence Service, planned to resort to the brutal and ‘ungentlemanly’ tactics of guerrilla warfare, including military and economic sabotage and assassination.
Hitler's Most Successful Spy
Elyesa Bazna took advantage of his job at the British Embassy in Ankara to sell valuable secrets to the Germans from 1943, for which he was paid large amounts of what later turned out to be counterfeit money. Drawing on MI5, MI6 and CIA files as well as personal accounts, this book tells the story of Agent Cicero from first contact to his retirement, still undetected, in 1944, and post-war revelations about his spying career.
To Complete the Jigsaw
British Military Intelligence in the First World War
Military intelligence has been an essential part of warfare since Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War in the sixth century BCE, but the sheer scale of the First World War saw it assume unprecedented importance. This groundbreaking history tells the story of the officers and NCOs who pioneered British army intelligence and security, paved the way for victory with new techniques such as aerial photography and radio interception, and laid the groundwork for today's service.