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MI9

A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in World War Two

Helen Fry

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Yale University
04 December 2020
History; British & Irish history; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Second World War; Espionage & secret services
A thrilling history of MI9-the WWII organization that engineered the escape of Allied forces from behind enemy lines When Allied fighters were trapped behind enemy lines, one branch of military intelligence helped them escape: MI9. The organization set up clandestine routes that zig-zagged across Nazi-occupied Europe, enabling soldiers and airmen to make their way home. Secret agents and resistance fighters risked their lives and those of their families to hide the men.

Drawing on declassified files and eye-witness testimonies from across Europe and the United States, Helen Fry provides a significant reassessment of MI9's wartime role. Central to its success were figures such as Airey Neave, Jimmy Langley, Sam Derry, and Mary Lindell-one of only a few women parachuted into enemy territory for MI9. This astonishing account combines escape and evasion tales with the previously untold stories behind the establishment of MI9-and reveals how the organization saved thousands of lives.
By:   Helen Fry
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   666g
ISBN:   9780300233209
ISBN 10:   0300233205
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   04 December 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming

Helen Fry is a specialist in the history of British Intelligence. She is the author of The Walls Have Ears, The London Cage, and over twenty books focusing on intelligence and POWs in World War II. She lives in London.

Reviews for MI9: A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in World War Two

Fry has undertaken prodigious research...The book is a fitting tribute to the hundreds of men and women who risked their lives in assisting Allied escapees, and a welcome salute to those who broke out of their PoW camps that they might be returned to the battlefront. -Giles Milton, The Sunday Times Helen Fry's engrossing tale M19...details the exploits of the secret organisation that rescued allied troops from behind Nazi lines. -Martin Chilton, The Independent A thoroughly comprehensive study of a much-neglected secret wartime organisation. -Nigel West, author of MI6 A masterful page turner you won't be able to put down. The story of MI9 is one of the most inspiring and exciting of all WWII narratives. -Alex Kershaw, author of Avenue of Spies 'Behind every Allied great escape in WWII there stood the brave and resourceful men and women of MI9, an intelligence organisation today almost completely forgotten ... A masterful retelling with a fascinating cast of characters straight out of a John le Carre thriller.' Mark Felton, author of Castle of the Eagles Important, informative and engaging. Fry draws an engrossing picture of the commitment and courage of tens of thousands of agents who helped escapers and evaders in the European Theatre of Operations.'-Michael Jago, author of The Man Who Was George Smiley


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