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Wild Bill and Intrepid
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"Wild Bill and Intrepid" - 1996. Authored by Thomas F. Troy, the book contains 252 pages and has the following entry - Was the Central Intelligence Agency solely an American accomplishment, the work of Colonel William J. ("Wild Bill") Donovan, as CIA tradition has held? Or was it in fact established through the workings of William S. Stephenson - the legendary "Intrepid", who directed British Intelligence in the United States during World War II? In this gripping book, a former staff officer and analyst at CIA unveils the true story of the birth of CIA ...
Camp X
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"Camp X - Canada's School for Secret Agents 1941-45" (327 pages) - 1986. Written by David Stafford and published by Lester & Orpen Dennys Publishers. Here are three paragraphs from this book:

The Gouzenko case was the first important spy scandal of the postwar years and quickly gained status as a turning point in the emerging Cold War. As a result of Gouzenko's revelations several arrests were made in Canada. An atomic scientist, Alan Nunn May, was detained and then imprisoned in Britain, and in the United States investigations began that led ultimately to the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg as Soviet spies in 1953.

In spite of the remarkable consequences of his act, Igor Gouzenko was a relatively insignificant figure. It was less what he knew than what he brought with him that was important, and even now, forty years later, reverberations of the Gouzenko affair are felt whenever allegations about the presence of Soviet moles in the West are raised. He was a twenty-six-year-old cipher clerk working for Soviet military intelligence (GRU) in the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa when, on the night of September 5, 1945 - less that a month after Hiroshima and Nagasaki - he left the embassy with documents revealing details of extensive espionage the USSR conducted against its wartime Allies. At first Gouzenko encountered great difficulty in interesting people in what he had to offer, and he was turned away from both newspaper and government offices. The events surrounding his defection, and the subsequent trials in Canada and elsewhere, are now well known, but at the time, when Canadian officials realized the significance of his material, the case was kept from public knowledge for a combination of operational and political reasons. From September on, Gouzenko and his family were kept under close wraps, under the protection of the RCMP. For cover purposes, those involved in the case were told that he had been taken "up north". In fact the exact opposite was true. For most of the time the Gouzenko family were well to the south, hidden away at Camp X. The reason lay in Stephenson's direct involvement in the whole affair.

By an accident of timing, which in retrospect must have appeared miraculous to those involved, Stephenson was on a routine visit to Ottawa the night Gouzenko spent wandering around looking in vain for asylum. From the exclusive Seigniory Club in Montebello, Stephenson phoned Norman Robertson, the under-secretary at External Affairs, to invite him for a drink. Instead within hours he found himself closeted with Robertson and Tommy Stone while the "Man of Influence" poured out his troubles and sought his advice. The problem, as always, lay the Canadian prime minister. Exhibiting his customary distaste for spying and undercover work, King had said tha he did not want Canada to get involved with Gouzenko at all. So far as he was concerned, he had told Robertson, they should let Gouzenko wander aroudn until he either went back to his embassy or committed suicide. "If suicide took place", King confided to his diary, "let the city police take charge and secure whatever there was in the way of documents, but on no account for us to take the initiative. If Canada got involved officially, it could only mean a further deterioration of relations with the Russians.

Stephenson vigorously opposed King's view. ...
Camp X
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"Camp X - OSS, "Intrepid", and the Allies' North American Training Camp for Secret Agents, 1941-1945" - North American Edition - 1987. Authored by David Stafford, the book contains the following entry - Camp X was the first secret-agent training school in North America. Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, half-way between Oshawa and Whitby, the camp trained spies and guerilla fighters in the techniques of clandestine warfare ... Stafford has obtained previously inaccessible files from SOE archives in London; newly released documents from OSS operational files in Washington and the Military Archives in Ottawa; and personal diaries and letters. He has talked to the decision-makers as well as the men and women in the field, who give us eyewitness accounts ...
Camp X
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"Camp X - SOE and the American Connection" - British Edition - 1986. Authored by David Stafford, the book contains the following entry - Camp X was built to teach Americans the British arts of secret war. Hidden on the Canadian shore of Lake Ontario, it was a crucial link between the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS), predecessor of the CIA ... The author also examines some powerful myths about Camp X. He reveals the true part played in the story of Sir William Stephenson - the man called "Intrepid" - and examines in detail Ian Fleming's claim that Camp X provided him with the raw material for his James Bond novels.
The Great Game
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"The Great Game - The Myth and Reality of Espionage" - 2004. Authored by Frederick P. Hitz, the 211-page book contains the following information on the dust jacket:

"In this fascinating analysis, Frederick Hitz, former inspector general of the Central Intelligence Agency, contrasts the writings of well-known authors of spy novels - classic and popular - with real-life espionage cases. Drawing on personal experience both as a participant in the "the Great Game" and as the first presidentially appointed inspector general. Hitz shows the remarkable degree to which truth is stranger than fiction.

The vivid cast of characters includes real life spies Pyotr Popov and Oleg Penkovsky from Soviet military intelligence; Kim Philby, the infamous Soviet spy; Aldrich Ames, the most damaging CIA spy to American interests in the Cold War; and Duane Clarridge, a CIA career operations officer. They are held up against such legendary genre spies as Bill Haydon (le Carré's mole in
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Magnus Pym (in the le Carré's A Perfect Spy), Tom Rogers (in David Ignatius's Agents of Innocence), and Maurice Castle (in Graham Greene's The Human Factor).

As Hitz skillfully weaves examples from a wide range of espionage activities - from covert action to counterintelligence to classic agent operations - we see that the actual is often more compelling than the imaginary, and that real spy case histories present moral and other questions far more pointedly than fiction.

A lively account of espionage, spy tradecraft, and, most of all, the human dilemmas of betrayal, manipulation, and deceit."
Military Intelligence
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"Military Intelligence - A New Weapon in War" - 1924. Authored by Lt.Colonel Walter C. Sweeney, this 259-page book has as part of its preface:

"The following chapters contain a discussion of Military Intelligence based upon my personal experience, observation and study.

They do not constitute an Intelligence Service Regulations or a history.

They embody my own views, conclusions and deductions as to the functions, field of operations and place in the military machine, as well as in the life of the nation, of what I regard as a new weapon whose value to the country in peace as well as in war can scarcely be estimated.

I feel safe in expressing the opinion that no military activity is so shrouded in mystery or so generally misunderstood as that of Military Intelligence. For this reason, in preparing these chapters I have had in mind particularly the general reader who has no acquaintance with military phraseology or organization, but who is interested in finding out about Military Intelligence. In so far as possible I have avoided the use of technical military terms while telling exactly what Intelligence is and what it does.

The military policy of the United States set forth in the National Defense Act of July 4, 1920, indicates that we rely upon our citizens to provide the armed forces for the defense of the nation. In time of war practically any citizen may be called upon to serve the country. The more clearly the individuals who may compose the citizen forces of the nation understand the methods and means for securing and using information of the enemy, the more likely are they to penetrate that greatest of all obstacles to military success, "the fog of war".

In time of peace the nucleus of our war-time citizen army is maintained in the Regular Army, the National Guard adn the Organized Reserves. These three components make up the Army of the United States. Any discussion of Military Intelligence must prove to be of assistance to the officers and men of this "One Army," because it is vital to all of them to have a conception of the functions of each of the several arms, branches and services which make up the fighting machine. The more uniform this understanding the better."

Here are the chapters covered:
  • Development of Miliary Intelligence
  • Military Intelligence Defined
  • Organization
  • Problems of Modern War
  • Intelligence Service in the World War
  • Functions of Personnel
  • Collection of Information
  • Evaluation of Information
  • Distribution of Intelligence
  • Secret Service and Maps
  • Censorship
  • Requisites of Personnel
Canadians Behind Enemy Lines
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"Uncommon Courage - Canadian Secret Agents in the Second World War" - 1985. Published by Canada's Veterans Affairs in 1985, this 54-page booklet (bilingual format - 27 pages in English / 27 pages in French) offers the following subjects:
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Operations in France
    • M.I.9 Partners in Invasion
    • S.O.E. Canadian Heroes in Action
  • S.O.E. in Yugoslavia and the Balkans
  • S.O.E. Italian Missions
  • Force136 (SOE in Asia)
    • The Role of Chinese-Canadians
    • With the Head-Hunters in Sarawak
    • In Malaya and Burma
  • Conclusion
  • Dedication
  • Footnotes
  • Bibliography
Canadians Behind Enemy Lines
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"Canadians Behind Enemy Lines 1939-1945" - published in 1981. With Roy MacLaren as author, this 330-page book offers a historical perspective on Canadians who served as secret agents during World War II. Notably Gustave Bieler, Charles Joseph Duchalard, Joseph Gabriel Chartrand, Frank Pickersgill, John Macalister, Pierre Charles Meunier, Roger Caza, Guy D'Artois, etc.
Canadian Spies
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"Canadian Spies - Tales of Espionage in Nazi-Occupied Europe During World War II" - 2003. Written by Tom Douglas, this book of 137 pages offers a perspective on the following (agents and operations): Frank Pickersgill, Lucien Dumais, Gustave "Guy" Bieler, Raymond Labrosse (covername "Marcel Desjardins" in France), Gaby Chartrand, the Shelburn Line, Operation Bonaparte.

The author Tom Douglas has shared a photo taken in 1984 during a medal ceremony in the town of Plouha (France) for Raymond LaBrosse and Lucien Dumais in recognition for their service during WW-II. Mr. Douglas was accompanying then Minister of Veterans Affairs Bennett Campbell as part of the Canadian delegation for this special ceremony. [P.S. The photo is one that was given by DND to Mr. Douglas. It would be recommended to anyone wishing to make use of this photo to seek permission from DND.]
Fighting Germany's Spies
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"Fighting Germany's Spies" - 1918. Authored by French Strother, the book contains the following foreword:

"Fighting Germany's Spies" is published to bring home to the public in a detailed and convincing manner the character of the German activities in the United States. By courtesy of the Bureau of Investigation of the Department of Justice the facts and documents of this narrative have been verified."
Espionage and Counter-Espionage
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"Espionage and Counter-Espionage M. I.-4" - 1926. Written by Major C.E. Russell, this 263-page book has an appendix containing chapters on spies, propaganda, codes and ciphers, and espionage and counter-espionage in U.S. government departments. The preface contains:

When Washington said, "In time of Peace, prepare for War" he planted the seed for our present day "preparedness". His counsel was never heeded by us until the World War found the nations at each other's throats. In consequence of the National Defense Act of June 4, 1920, we have now in time of peace some of the machinery of preparedness - this machinery halts and squeaks in some of its essential parts - one of its essential parts is already badly rusted and out of gear through disuse, in fact needs replacing entirely; namely, the part that "secures information about an enemy or probable enemy secretly in any way and then transmits it in time to be of use to our machine." This is the "Espionage Service." Geared with this essential part is that other important part - the "Counter-Espionage" Service which "aims to prevent our enemy or probable enemy agents from securing information about us secretly and from transmitting this information back to their own machine." Where secret information flows freely, the machine works smoothly - block the procurement of secret information or its transmission and the machine it should serve is badly crippled. Hence, the great importance of these two services, that could readily be dignified into Arms of Service, "Espionage" and "Counter-Espionage".

No officer can be considered a well-equipped officer who hasn't a working knowledge of the Espionage and Counter-Espionage Services. Regular Army, National Guard, and Organized Reserve Officers are all equally ignorant of these important services, and these lectures are printed to supply somewhat this deficiency and at the request of numerous Organized Reserve Officers to whom they were delivered the past winter in New York City. If they prove of value to the hundred thousand officers in our "three-in-one" Army, the author will feel that his labors have not been in vain."
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"Spies" - 1928. Authored by Joseph Gollomb, the 389-page book contains the following as part of its foreword:

"If ours is an electric age, here is a spark of its romance, something new under the sun. In the late Great War British Admiralty spies were recording on a phonograph disk teh gibberish that was coming over the air by radio from some German warships. The messages were in secret code, of course, and after the sounds had been transferred to the phonograph record the man assigned to decode it played it over and over on the machine. In vain. For once the Germans had found the undecipherable, un-decodable system of communication.

After countless efforts the British agent sank back in despair and let his phonograph motor run down, so tired he was. Suddenly he was on his feet. As the record slowed down, the gibberish caught by it was beginning to talk - plain German! Then he knew what it was he had caught. The Germans themselves had made a phonograph record of their message, then sent into the ether at such a terrific speed that it was no wonder only an accident had betrayed them.

Of such and similar stuff is the spy romance of the late Great War sometimes woven. All the human color of the old spy romance of history is there too, the hairbreadth margin between life and death for the spy; the miracles of clear and clever thinking done by him - or her - when most people would be paralyzed with fear; the plotting and trickery, the intrigue and disguise; the motives of the spy who for money and the call of the ego sends thousands to their death; and the spy who regrets that he has only one life to give for his country.

No advance in machinery or electricity will ever eliminate this human element from the spy story. But in the Great War somehow the human element in spying took on the subtlety of wireless communication, the sensitiveness of the microphone, the newness of the latest word from the science laboratories, the ruthlessness of the war "tank" and the complexity of the age itself."
K.14 - O.M.66
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"K.14 - O.M.66 - A Spy who Spied upon Spies" - 1934. Authored by Colonel Victor K. Kaledin, the book contains the following on the back flap:

"For almost every kind of reader the Secret Service and the hazardous calling of a Spy have a strong and glamorous fascination. For the most part, however, the reading public's ideas and knowledge of such things are derived from the pages of fiction, and consequently are very far removed from the living fact.

Colonel Kaledin takes the reader in the fullest sense behind the scenes; amid all the plots and counter-plots, tortuous approaches and desperate expedencies, which are part and parcel of an Intelligence Agent's precarious life. In city and camp, we follow the author along his ever dangerous and utterly lonely way; while it is a tribute to the writer's personal honesty and integrity of purpose that he shows his mistakes and failures along with the many remarkable feats and successes. Colonel Kaledin has had the experience of espionage and counter-espionage in more than half a dozen countries. During the Great War as Intelligence Agent "K.14" (Russian) and "O.M.66" (German) he played a dangerous role - serving his native country, Russia, by working simultaneously as a fully accredited Spy in the German Secret Service."
Les Mystères de l'Espionnage 1914-1918
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"Les Mystères de l'Espionnage 1914-1918" - Sans date, circa 1930. Ecrit par le Capitaine Ferdinand Tuohy et traduit par Maurice Dekobra, ce livre de 285 pages couvre une vingtaine de sujets incluant les suivants:
  • Le services des renseigments
  • Les femmes-espions
  • L'affaire Mata-Hari
  • Les faux espions
  • La cuisine du S.R.
  • L'espionnage naval
  • L'espionnage royal
Voici une partie de l'avant-propos :

"Le Service des Renseignements britannique pendant la guerre a fait ses preuves. Quiconque l'a vu à l'oeuvre pourra témoigner de l'habilité de ses membres et de la perfection de son organisation. J'ai donc pensé que l'on s'intéresserait en France à la lecture d'un ouvrage écrit par un spécialiste.

Car le capitaine Ferdinand Tuohy est un expert en matière d'espionnage. Attaché au S.R. britannique, à l'
Intelligence, comme on l'appelle outre-Manche, il a eu le rare bonheur d'observer les espions sur tous les fronts et dans tous les pays ; de Londres à Bagdad et de Salonique à Ypres. D'où le caractère passionnant de son livre "The Secret Corps" qui, en somme, est un roman vécu.

L'auteur l'a écrit au fil de ses réminiscences, sans méthode ni dessein didactique. Ce n'est pas un traité aride. Ce sont des souvenirs très vivants, des anecdotes très colorées, des révélations étonnantes qui nous initient aux secrets de la guerre occulte que se livraient les espions des pays en guerre.

L'espionnage a toujours fasciné les foules. Au théâtre, au cinéma nous imaginons volontiers l'espionnage comme un sport d'un romanesque achevé dont les héros « couleur de muraille » se glissent nuitamment dans les alcôves des ambassades ou dans les bouges des docks, alors que héroïnes sont des beautés fatales qui anesthésient les vieux diplomates dans la tiédeur parfumée de leurs boudoirs ou échangent leurs baisers contre un plan de sous-marin...

Bien que certains cas d'espionnage de la guerre mondiale ne manquent pas d'un parfum romantique qui n'est point pour déplaire, l'espionnage fut surtout une besogne scientifique et ardue où la persévérance, le sang-froid et la ténacité jouaient un rôle primordial. Les exemples cités par le capitaine Tuohy soulèveront un coin du voile et nous donneront une idée plus exacte de ce métier qui n'a jamais enrichi ceux qui s'y sont livrés et qui, le plus souvent, leur a valu douze balles dans la peau."
I Was a Spy
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"I Was a Spy" - 1960. Authored by Marion Miller and published by Bobbs-Merrill, the 224-page book contains the following on the dust jacket:

When Marion Miller was invited to join a Los Angeles society supposedly for the advancement of the foreign-born in America, she little suspected that she was signing up with a notorious Communist-front organization. But it was not long before she was fully aware she had been trapped into betraying and undermining the principles of her own country.

When she reported the society's seditious plotting to the FBI, she was asked to remain in the organization as a presumably loyal member, and report back to Washington. Suddenly she found herself an undercover agent for democracy in a quiet residential suburb of Los Angeles. Her life became as packed with adventure and intrigue as that of any fictitious secret agent. Coded messages left in telephone booths, midnight rendezvous in dark cellars, disguises, hair-raising escapes in the dark of night - all these became part of her life. Previously she had been merely a devoted wife and mother, caring for her home, her husband, her children.

Finally a Congressional investigation in Washington revealed her role as a loyal servant of the nation. Then began the retaliation. In scurrilous, infamous, secretly circulated literature Marion Miller was branded as a Judas, an immoral woman, a dangerous member of her community. But the real horror was the shameful attitude of her neighbors, who preferred to believe the Communist lies rather than trust their friend's spotless reputation and he avowals of unwavering loyalty. Their bigoted persecution she had to bear with untold anguish until finally the FBI could amass enough evidence to expose the web of subversion and utterly vindicate Mrs. Miller.

Now, praised and honored by her country for her devotion to it through such a devastating ordeal, Marion Miller has achieved her rightful place as one of America's finest heroines. Her story is an inspiration to all women in the free world, as well as a shocking indictment of those who can be easily seduced by evil propaganda.

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