Bristow, Desmond, and Bill Bristow. A Game of Moles: The Deceptions of an MI6 Officer. Boston & London: Little, Brown, 1993.
Surveillant 3.4/5 notes that this book presents the "part Bristow played within Section V -- the counterintelligence arm of MI6." He spent the "wartime years working for MI6 in Gibralter and Algiers ... [and] retired in 1954.... [He] remains convinced that Roger Hollis of MI5 was a Soviet spy, that Guy Liddell was in the same category, and that David Footman (chief of MI6's political section for Central Europe) was working for the Russians, too."
For West, WIR 13.4, the author's account of his adventures in wartime Spain is "one entertaining anecdote after another." The book "dovetails with Philby's memoirs,... [as] the only detailed recollections in the public domain of Section V's activities.... [It] offers a fascinating insight into a rather obscure corner of the secret war."
Defty, I&NS 10.1, suggests that Bristow's critical stance toward his former employers may be "in no small part the result of his friendship with Peter Wright.... Bristow digresses rather often, apparently unable to contain his anger at 'how badly many worthy people have been treated by the powers that be....' [T]he charges he makes [against Hollis and Liddell] are largely a reiteration of those of his friend Peter Wright, and they are thankfully largely confined to one chapter." Most of the book "offers an engaging, occasionally revealing, and often diverting insight into some of more successful wartime deception operations conducted by SIS in the Mediterranean theatre."
Butler, Josephine. Churchill's Secret Agent: Josephine Butler (Code Name "Jay Bee"). Toronto: Methuen, 1983. London: Blaketon-Hall, 1984. [pb]
Clark comment: This appears to be a fantasy. http://www.cloakanddagger.com/ dagger: The author claimed to be "a member of Churchill's secret circle with more than 50 behind-the-lines infiltrations in France; she was captured, tortured and escaped to work with a group of Resistance fighters." Wiant, Studies 46.2 (2002), reviewing Nigel West's Counterfeit Spies (1998), comments that Butler "made up dozens of missions into occupied territory."
Cottell, John E., and Arthur Gordon. Code-Name Badger: The True Life Story of a British Secret Agent. New York: Morrow, 1990.
Surveillant 1.1: Cottell was an SOE recruit sent by Churchill into Holland in 1944. In this way, he "began 30 years ... as a secret agent." His wife was "tortured and killed in Ravensbruck.... [He] was captured, tortured by Gestapo, interned in Buchenwald.... In the 1950s he was declared a traitor and put in Lubyanka." (Huh??)
Croft, Andrew. A Talent for Adventure. [UK]: Self Publishing Association, 1991.
Surveillant 2.5: "Memoir -- SOE in Scandinavia."
Deacon, Richard [Donald McCormick]. With My Little Eye: The Memoirs of a Spy-Hunter. London: Frederick Muller, 1982.
de la Mare, Arthur [Sir]. Perverse and Foolish: A Jersey Farmer's Son in the British Diplomatic Service. Jersey: La Haule Books, 1994 [limited edition].
Kerr, I&NS 13.4, notes that the author "had a very distinguished career in the Foreign Office between 1936 and 1973.... [H]e would have been much more informative had he written with the needs and interests of scholars in mind."
Among de la Mare's wartime experiences was a posting "to Washington to work in a branch of the Political Warfare Executive, in Colorado, which broadcasted propaganda to the Japanese. However he reveals nothing else about this important aspect of Britain's war effort." Later, in 1953-1956, de la Mare spent three months as Assistant Head of the Permanent-Undersecretaries Department (PUSD) and headed the Foreign Office Security Department for three years.
Denham, Henry. Inside the Nazi Ring: A Naval Attache in Sweden, 1940-1945. London: Murray, 1984.
Foot, I&NS 2.1, finds that Denham "gives an admirable account of what a wartime naval attache's life is actually like" and "explains how the Admiralty became aware of Bismarck's sortie in May 1941."
Hunt, David [Sir]. A Don at War. 2d ed. London: Frank Cass, 1991.
Surveillant 1.5: "This new edition of Hunt's 1966 book includes a forward [sic] taking into account the significance of 'Ultra.' Hunt covers his WWII career in The Desert, Greece, Crete, Sicily and Italy."
Kemp, Peter. The Thorns of Memory: One of the Twentieth Century's Great Adventurers. London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1990.
See M.R.D. Foot, "Obituary: Peter Kemp," The Independent (4 Nov. 1993).
Surveillant 1.3 describes this as the "[a]utobiography of an adventurer who fought for Franco in the Spanish Civil War and worked for SOE in WWII." Seaman, I&NS 8.4, says that Kemp's "latest work is, in large measure, simply a condensation of his earlier [three books]," with the individual volumes offering "fuller accounts." Nevertheless, Thorns of Memory "constitutes a fascinating book in its own right."
The three earlier books mentioned above are:
Kemp, Peter. Alms for Oblivion. London: Cassell, 1961.
Kemp, Peter. Mine Were Trouble. London: Cassell, 1957.
Kemp, Peter. No Colours or Crest. London: Cassell, 1958. London: Panther Books, 1960. [pb]
Covers the author's WWII experiences with SOE in Albania and Poland.
See Nigel West, ed., The Guy Liddell Diaries -- 1939-1945: MI5's Director of Counter-Espionage in World War II, 2 vols. (London: Routledge, 2005). See also, Eunan O'Halpin, "The Liddell Diaries and British Intelligence History," Intelligence and National Security 20, no. 4 (Dec. 2005): 670-686.
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