The Guy Liddell Diaries: MI5's Director of Counter-Espionage in World War II - Vol. 1

The Guy Liddell Diaries: MI5's Director of Counter-Espionage in World War II - Vol. 1

The Guy Liddell Diaries: MI5's Director of Counter-Espionage in World War II - Vol. 1

The Guy Liddell Diaries: MI5's Director of Counter-Espionage in World War II - Vol. 1

Synopsis

Guy Liddell, MI5's Director of Counter-Espionage, kept a daily diary of events throughout World War II, which provide a unique insight into the work of the Security Service.

Excerpt

The original diaries were written in twelve volumes, each with a separate index, and contain many acronyms, abbreviations and references to people and organisations that are not immediately identifiable. Accordingly, the editor has interpolated to clarify and explain.Where possible, names have been given in full, but the diaries have been redacted by the Security Service so some individuals and passages remain obscure.There are, however, several lapses in the redactions, so it is perfectly possible to identify Rex Howard, Cuthbert Bowlby, Walter Bell, Tim Milne and Phillip Johns as SIS officers whose names have not been obliterated entirely.

In addition, some codenames have been altered to avoid confusion. For example, the double agent Sam McCarthy is referred to in Liddell's early diaries by the codename MAC, whereas this was later changed, probably as a security precaution, to BISCUIT.

The additional information added is based on the editor's personal knowledge of BALLOON, BRONX, BRUTUS, COBWEB, DREADNOUGHT, FREAK, GARBO, GIRAFFE, JEFF, METEOR, MUTT, TATE, TRICYCLE, and ZIGZAG, and interviews conducted with many wartime MI5 officers, among them T.A. Robertson, Michael Ryde, Rupert Speir, Gerald Glover, Peter Ramsbotham, Peter Hope, John Gwyer, Leonard Burt, John Maude, Billy Luke, Cyril Mills, Hugh Astor, Herbert Hart, Christopher Harmer and Russell Lee. From SIS he was able to discuss wartime operations with Hugh Trevor Roper, Felix Cowgill, Phillip Johns and John Codrington, all of whom are mentioned repeatedly in the diaries.

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