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Andrew Williams: Was Peter Wright a wrecker or saviour for Britain’s Security Service?

Posted on: 13/09/2019 with tags: Cambridge Five, Witchfinder, 20th Century, Cold War

In my first days at the BBC, more than thirty years ago, the struggle between Her Majesty’s Government and a frail pensioner down under was at the top of the running order nearly every night. Poor old Peter Wright limping to an Australian court on a stick, the last of his white hair just visible beneath a bush hat. He was an elderly David challenging an army of lawyers. Always a genial smile for the cameras as if he was relishing a contest that was viewed in many places around the world as one o…

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Remember, Remember

Posted on: 14/11/2013 with tags: backlist, BBC, Cold War, espionage, Len Deighton, Mulholland, spies, Ted Allbeury, thrillers

It is the season of remembrance, not just of the wars but also their aftermath. The shadowy world of Cold War espionage, characterised so memorably in the great British spy thriller tradition, is familiar territory to most of us but perhaps the time has come to take a fresh look. BBC2 seems to think so. It is launching a season of drama and documentaries that look back to the time when Britain lived in the shadow of the Cold War. The highlight of the season is Legacy, an espionage thriller commi…

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SNIP, CLIP, PASS – by Aly Monroe

Posted on: 11/11/2013 with tags: aly monroe, American history, author post, Black Bear, blog, Cold War, historical fiction, historical novel, Hitler, nazi germany, Operation Paperclip, Peter Cotton, President Truman, scientist, war criminal, war trials, Wernher von Braun, world war II

At the end of WW2, the US government began an Operation called ‘Overcast’. At first its aim was simply to ‘interview’ a number of German scientists. Within a very short time the Operation was re-named. It became ‘Operation Paperclip’ – one of the very few with a name that described what the Operation actually did. The Operation Paperclip team at Fort Bliss. When the trials of Nazi war criminals began, President Harry S Truman assured the American people that his government would have nothing to…

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