MI5: British security service operations 1909-45

The shadowy world of counter-intelligence is startlingly illuminated by this history of MI5.
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From its modest beginnings in 1909 to the end of the Second World war, MI5 was at the centre of the struggle against Britains enemies.
Many of its exploits are here described for the first time – and some of MI5’s true stories are as bizarre as any fiction conjured up by Le Carr√© or Deighton…

The wireless transmitter deposited by Robert Petter at the left luggage office of Waverly Station, Edinburgh in September 1940. This photograph was taken by the Edinburgh CID before passing the radio on to MI5. Peter was arrested as he tried to reclaim his suitcase.


‘Has demonstrably managed to open the usually vice-like jaws of many former Security Service staff’
Duncan Campbell, New Statesman

‘The most accurate and informative history of the British Security Service yet published’
New Society

‘Like a second Chapman Pincher, he has set the cat among MI5’s pigeons’
The Times

‘Will be an eye-opener’
The Observer