Spies of the First World War

Spies of the First World War : Under Cover for King and Kaiser

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Best-selling author James Morton tells the story of organized espionage in Britain from spy fever early in the 20th century to the end of the First World War and the rise of air intelligence. He introduces us to a world of colorful characters and dark underhand dealing in which spies, male and female, driven by love, money, patriotism or a mix of all of them, struggled to survive. The first English officer spies are featured alongside their frequently flamboyant French, Belgium and German counterparts - from the hunchback dentist Wilhelm Klauer to the 'Grande (and lesser) horizontales' such as Mata Hari. So too are their controllers such as authors John Buchan and Somerset Maugham and men like Richard Tinsley who oversaw a network of some 2000 spies from Holland. As professionalism grew great successes emerged - not least the deciphering of the intercepted Zimmerman telegram - along with notable failures. Morton tackles both in a meticulously researched narrative that balances the history of espionage with the human stories of individuals and tales of heroism with cowardice, incompetence and betrayal.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 162 x 230 x 32mm | 621.42g
  • The National Archives
  • Richmond, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 35 duotone illustrations
  • 1905615469
  • 9781905615469
  • 874,214

About James Morton

James Morton is author of The Krays in The National Archives 'Crime Archives' series and has written many successful books on organised crime including Sex Crimes and Misdemeanours, Gangland and Lola Montez. He was previously a defence solicitor.
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Spies of the First World War by James Morton For anyone interested in history of the 20th century, this book is well documented and fascinating. It sometimes reads like a novel and some of the events and stories are difficult to believe. Many people were involved in the theatrics behind the scenes which led to and drove World War I, and brave citizens put their lives at risk all over Europe to obtain secret information and pass it along to whichever side they trusted and believed in. You'll enjoy and learn from this book, so very well written and fascinating. Read of what happened a century ago and wonder if things are really much different today
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Table of contents

Part One - 1. The early spy novels and Germans in England 2. The formation of MI5 and MI6 3. Pre- First World War German spies in England and abroad 4. Pre-First World War British and other spies abroad Part Two - 5. German spies 6. The spymasters - English, French and German 7.Codes and code breakers Part Three - 8. Shot in the tower 1914-1916 9. The spy survivors 10. Women spies 1. German spies in Europe, America and India during the war 12. After the war was over.
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