Upcoming Meeting

Talk on British Intelligence Gathering in WW2

Dr Helen Fry

Wednesday 25th September 2019; 7:30 pm

Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote, RG8 0QY

The Walls Have Ears: The Greatest Intelligence Operation of World War II

This month the British Modern Military History Society will be hosting a presentation given by the author & broadcaster Dr Helen Fry.
At the outbreak of World War Two, MI6 spymaster Thomas Kendrick arrived at the Tower of London to set up a top secret operation: German prisoners’ cells were to be bugged and listeners installed behind the walls to record and transcribe their private conversations. This mission proved so effective that it would go on to be set up at three further sites – and provide the Allies with crucial insight into new technology being developed by the Nazis. 
In this astonishing history, Helen Fry uncovers the inner workings of the bugging operation. On arrival at stately-homes-turned-prisons like Trent Park, high ranking German Generals and commanders were given a `phoney’ interrogation, then treated as `guests’, wined and dined at exclusive clubs, and encouraged to talk. And so it was that the Allies got access to some of Hitler’s most closely guarded secrets – and from those most entrusted to protect them.
Images courtesy of Helen Fry

If you are unable to attend this meeting but would be interested in attending any of our future presentations or joining any organised trips please contact us on info@bmmhs.org so we can keep you updated.

Our aim is to host talks and presentations about all aspects of modern warfare from Waterloo to the Gulf War and beyond, in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. 

We look forward to welcoming you to this meeting.

Biographical notes – Dr Helen Fry.

Helen has written and edited over 25 books. Her works cover the social history of the Second World War: British Intelligence and the secret war; spies and espionage; and MI9 escape and evasion.

Helen continues to bring fresh insight into the clandestine operations of WWII, including widespread coverage of the greatest deception of the war: the bugging of Hitler’s generals at Trent Park, North London.

Because of her expertise in British Intelligence in WW1 and WWII, she has been involved in a number of documentaries – including David Jason’s Secret Service.

She has conducted advisory work for TV and drama; something which she particularly enjoys, as well as numerous radio broadcasts.

Helen has also written extensively about the 10,000 Germans who fought for Britain in WWII.

Helen Fry & David Jason on David Jason's Secret Service - Channel 4, 2017
Helen Fry's latest book is due for release Aug 2019
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