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Book Review: Spying for Wellington: British Military Intelligence in the Peninsula War

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Monday, May 13, 2019

by Huw J. Davies.

Dry prose conveys a wealth of research about British intelligence operations during the Napoleonic Wars in Spain and Portugal. Wellington drew from a variety of sources, including guerrillas, battlefield observations, actual spies (the guy in Bayonne, France, counting troops marching by to Spain), and surprisingly, about 25 or 30 staff officers who took a detachment of cavalry and ranged beyond enemy lines poking their noses in all sorts of places. Enjoyed it.

Tags:  Espionage  Napoleonic 

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BOOK REVIEW: Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Friday, April 19, 2019
Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

by Ben MacIntyre. 

The British Section 17M concocted a plan to plant false information on a dead body. It would drift it into Spain and allow the German spies to act on the papers showing the Allies would land in the Balkans in 1943 and that Sicily (Operation Husky) would be a sideshow. A movie -- The Man Who Never Was -- was made of a book by the same name, but here's an expansive look at how it all worked out. Enjoyed it.

Tags:  Espionage  WW2 

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