A Spy’s London

B2220

The author has done a brilliant job of producing his series of ‘walks’ and bringing some clarity to situations that were never intended to be clear and clean. A great read.

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NAME: A Spy’s London
DATE: 260815
FILE: R2220
AUTHOR: Roy Berkeley
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 363
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, Europe, London, England, espionage, counter espionage, agents, intelligence, walks, guides, Red Army, American intelligence, SIS, SOE
ISBN: 1-47382-720-5
IMAGE: B2220.jpg
BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/p85ysnh
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DESCRIPTION: This is not just a fascinating read, with all of the twists and turns and betrayals that may be expected of spying, it is a very original guide book that sets out a series of London walks. This is a book that should appeal to a very wide audience because the subject is one that generates considerable interest, rivalled only by fictional detectives. This may have been done many times for battlefields but never before to expose the murky world of spies which often achieved more than a bloody battle in a foreign field.

Most people would not think of London as the capital of spies, but it has very few potential rivals. This should not come as a great surprise because London has long been a centre of world trade and a metropolis that hosts many nationalities. This makes it a magnet for spies and a location served by many routes. It is also a centre of power and wealth that has even managed survive the attempts by the European Commission to impoverish the City and move its wealth to Germany.

In the 1930s, the intelligence services of the world knew that it was only a matter of time before Europe was once more engaged in a major conflict and that the key players would be Germany, Britain and France. A new arms race was well underway and Germany was becoming bolder with each unopposed conquest. When war was declared, there was even greater need for intelligence gathering, deception plans and attempts to damage the covert agencies of the protagonists.

Intelligence has always been a black art of incredible complexity. London in the 1930s and 1940s was the classic example of a tangled web of covert operations. As the war progressed, it became even more complex as nations changed sides and intelligence services prepared for the period following the end of war. British counter intelligence proved remarkably successful in detecting, neutralizing, or turning agents of other nations who were operating in London. As Germany overran other European countries, governments in exile came to London and soldiers sailors and airmen of these subjugated nations sought to fight on from Britain. The increased the mix of nationalities engaged in spying and counter intelligence. It also greatly added to the complexity of the situation because several of these governments in exile were actively planning for their return to their homelands and the settling of scores.

The author has done a brilliant job of producing his series of ‘walks’ and bringing some clarity to situations that were never intended to be clear and clean. A great read.

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