Espionage Behind the Wire

ISBN 1-903953-33-2
World War II memoir
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by Howard Greville


The secret history of intelligence gathering by Allied prisoners of war during World War II

This book tells the unusual story of how Allied prisoners of war during World War II were able to gain access to valuable military information and pass it on via secret channels to British military intelligence in England.

Taken prisoner in Greece in 1941 and later imprisoned in an Austrian POW camp, Howard Greville was nevertheless able to obtain items of intelligence such as details of Messerschmitt aircraft production, the location of German Battle HQ in Italy and the names of key German commanding officers.

The remote location of a German chemical warfare plant near Breslau in Poland was obtained and this information taken in person by the author to his Control. This entailed a hazardous rail journey, travelling with falsified papers whilst accompanied by an armed German guard.

British military intelligence units MI-9 and MI-19 had instigated this field of intelligence. (MI-9 was responsible for Military Intelligence whilst MI-19 controlled escape lines, and was headed by Airey Neave on his return to England after escaping from Colditz.

Howard Greville is a born raconteur and has the ability to captivate his readers with effortless charm and a ready sense of humour as he reveals the exciting and hitherto untold details of espionage behind the wire...

details: softback | 140 x 205 mm | 220 pages
genre: military memoir / Second World War history
themes: World War II | espionage | prisoners of war
readership: military historians / general readers