All the King's Men: The Truth Behind SOE's Greatest Wartime by Robert Marshall

By Robert Marshall

The tale of mystery provider treachery within the moment global conflict. It describes how the top of MI6, piqued through Chruchill's developing of SOE as a rival sabotage and intelligence association, devised a catch, utilizing a double agent, Henri Dericourt, to break the complete of SOE's intelligence community in France. hence approximately 1,000 women and men have been arrested, 1000s of whom died in focus camps.

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During the early Thirties it was concerned with the business of monitoring the mood and thoughts of the population, which it did by controlling an army of informers from the countryside to the universities, and processing a vast archive of secret information on millions of German citizens. By 1936–7, under the influence of its head of counter-intelligence, Walter Schellenberg (the architect of the Venlo incident), the SD adopted a new role as guardian of the nation’s moral wellbeing and conducted a number of investigations into corruption within the Party.

His pedigree, like that of the service, was a bit ropey. The Secret Service Bureau was created in 1909 by a government alarmed by a series of reports (completely false) that there were extensive networks of German spies at work in Britain. The first head of the secret service was a retired naval commander named Mansfield Cumming who had a distinctly swashbuckling view of the business of intelligence gathering. ’2 Cumming travelled around Europe, usually in a disguise he had purchased from Bermans and Nathans, armed with nothing more lethal than a swordstick.

When Bodington returned to Paris he learnt that Déricourt too had been swept away in the preparations for war. They were not to see each other again for another three years. Paris now seemed populated with an ever-expanding Press Corps straining to get news from the east. But the atmosphere of war, or the promise of war, made him feel out of place just reporting it. He felt a particular sense of wasted potential, especially after a humiliating incident that had occurred in April. Using his father’s contacts at the British Embassy, Bodington had managed to get an interview with one of the officers at the MI6 station and made a formal application to join the secret service.

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