WW2 – MI5

Before the outbreak of World War I, the British Security Service consisted of two sections responsible, respectively, for home and overseas operations. The home section became known as Military Intelligence Section 5 (or MI5). MI5’s main functions were the identification and arrest of foreign agents from Germany and (later) the Soviet Union and the monitoring of pacifist organisations […]

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Gone Fishin’

I admit it – I’ve been bone idle for a whole month. Ever since I launched The Wings of the Eagle on January 8, I’ve been on a really long lunch break, sitting around the house, reading, watching TV, feeding the birds, playing patience on the computer, or fiddling about on Facebook or twitter.   […]

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Colin Gubbins

WW2 – British Intelligence SOE

If the German WW2 intelligence machinery was a complicated maze of competing agencies, British Intelligence was every bit as bewildering. We’ve all heard of MI5 and MI6, but Military Intelligence in the war years included the following: MI1- Code Breaking MI2 – Geographic information MI3 – Geographic information MI4 – Maps and Aerial Photographs MI7 […]

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Alexander Scotland

WW2 – The London Cage

Alexander Scotland was born in 1882 of Scottish parents. He spent a lot of his early life as a retail trader in southern Africa. As most of his customers were European residents of German South West Africa (Now Namibia), Scotland became a fluent German speaker. He served with the British army during the First World […]

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Anatomy of a Countdown Promotion

I recently completed a Countdown Promotion in Amazom.com on Kindle Select. Before the promotion my book (The Black Orchestra) was priced at $3.99 and selling at a rate of 4 books per day on Amazon.com. The promotion ran as follows (times are GMT): Noon Dec 6 to noon Dec 8 selling price 99c = 0.25 […]

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