UNITED KINGDOM

Memoirs

World War II

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Bristow, Desmond, and Bill Bristow. A Game of Moles: The Deceptions of an MI6 Officer. Boston & London: Little, Brown, 1993.

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.

Croft, Andrew. A Talent for Adventure. [UK]: Self Publishing Association, 1991.

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.

Kemp, Peter. The Thorns of Memory: One of the Twentieth Century's Great Adventurers. London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1990.

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.

[Liddell, Guy.]

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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