BBC History: The Secret History of Spies by Rob Attar

By Rob Attar

Evaluate: This new collector’s variation from BBC heritage journal charts the intense historical past of espionage, from precedent days until eventually the electronic age. Meet a few of the world’s such a lot audacious spies and learn the way they took bad hazards to form the results of world wars, utilizing a few notable instruments and trickery.

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The US was key to both sides’ calculations: the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman empire and Bulgaria) wished them neutral, while the Allies wanted them to join the fight. Britain spared no energy trying to influence US opinion and, in 1917, Room 40 struck gold. They intercepted a message from the German foreign minister, Arthur Zimmerman, to his ambassador in Mexico. The message contained details of a plan for Mexico to join the war by attacking the southern US. The challenge was how to leak it without revealing that Room 40 was listening to neutral countries’ messages (embarrassingly, this included US communications).

As slaves in the from Richmond during the war”. South, men and women could often observe meetings unhindered as they conducted daily chores, as officers spionage from deep in enemy and officials would not acknowledge their presence. The territory was supplemented by a best intelligence McClellan had when he embarked on his number of other, technical sources. peninsula campaign came from WH Ringgold who had Both sides tapped telegraph lines. been forced to labour on a Confederate riverboat and Lincoln was often found in the War delivered detailed knowledge of the peninsula defences to Office’s telegraph and cipher section, Union troops.

The rise of Germany, particularly its his coat, leaving his foot behind. A contemporary noted navy, meant nobody wanted to be caught by surprise. ” Britain’s SSB had two branches: a foreign branch under ‘C’ was Mansfield Cumming, a remarkable man. Cumming, and a home branch, under the army captain A career navy officer, in 1909 he was asked to create the Vernon Kell, responsible for counter-espionage. In France, foreign section of Britain’s first peacetime intelligence the Deuxième Bureau of the General Staff worked with outfit, the Secret Service Bureau (SSB).

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