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A Very Secret War: Bugging Hitler’s Generals in World War 2

Speaker: Dr Helen Fry

Wednesday 25th September 2019; 7:30 pm

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

Helen Fry

A Very Secret War: Bugging Hitler’s Generals in World War 2

This month the British Modern Military History Society will be hosting a presentation given by the author & broadcaster Dr Helen Fry.
During World War 2, British intelligence bugged the conversations of German prisoners-of-war at three stately houses, including Trent Park in north London. Thousands of prisoners passed through the clandestine centre at Trent Park from 1939-1942, then from 1942 it was reserved for Hitler’s captured Generals.
In an astonishing turn of events, the Generals were housed in luxurious conditions and were lulled into a false sense of security. By the end of the war, there were 59 German generals in captivity with British intelligence. They relaxed and became unguarded in their conversations, and inadvertently gave away from of Hitler’s most closely guarded secrets, including discussions about V1 (‘doodlebug’), V2 and atomic bomb programme.
For over 60 years the secret listeners (German-Jewish émigrés who had fled Hitler) never spoke about their work, not even to their families. They died, little knowing that they, alongside Bletchley Park, shortened the war. Having worked through the declassified files, historian Helen Fry sheds light on one of the little-known, but greatest deception of World War 2.
Images courtesy of Helen Fry

Event Details and Entry Cost

Entry cost is just £8, payable on the door,  and will include the talk and a Q & A, drinks, light snacks (sandwiches etc.) and a contribution to a military charity. Car parking is available on site.
Do join us for what should be a fascinating talk.  To help us with catering and numbers, please let us know if you are coming either through, or our Facebook Event page. 

We look forward to welcoming you to this meeting.

Venue Woodcote Village Hall RG8 0QY

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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 World War 2, 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 both World Wars, 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 & TV broadcasts including the recent D-Day commemorations in Normandy.

Helen has also written extensively about the 10,000 Germans who fought for Britain in World War 2.

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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