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  • A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in World War Two
  • Written by: Helen Fry
  • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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MI9

Written by: Helen Fry
Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
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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 zigzagged 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, who was 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.

©2020 Helen Fry (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Absolutely fascinating

An excellent book! So much new information is revealed about the efforts to extract people from occupied Europe, it brings whole new insights into WWII history. I knew about safe houses and those who aided by providing cover and papers, but the fact that there were established lines that people moved along was a revelation to me. So many lives saved! Highly recommended.

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Nice overview

The author appears to be attempting an argument that M19 was more deeply involved with intelligence than originally thought. Though she seems to circle back to it occasionally throughout the book it does not come across as the main theme. The rest of the book contains many great stories of the POW’s, Gagets and people who risked everything to help them escape. A great read overall!

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