von Manstein

WW2 – A Famous German General

While writing my WW2 books, I had to come up with names for various characters, Gestapo men, members of the SS and so on. It was important to give these Nazis appropriate names. My editor objected to the name Stein that I had selected for one of the characters in the second book. She said […]

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Black Orchestra

WW2 Double Cross – the true story?

During WW2, British Military Intelligence, MI5, intercepted every enemy agent that the Abwehr sent to Britain. Some of these agents were interned – or shot – but MI5 quickly realized that enemy agents could be put to use if they were ‘turned’ and became double agents, sending misinformation back to their Abwehr spymasters in Berlin […]

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Bone Crushing Machine

WW2 – The Holocaust: What the German People Knew

One or two readers have questioned why there was no mention in The Black Orchestra of the Holocaust — the Nazis’ so-called ‘Final Solution’. While writing the book, I was acutely aware of the need for accuracy in depicting the extent of common knowledge among the German people of these extreme atrocities. Kurt Müller was […]

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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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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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