Strange Intelligence: Memoirs of Naval Secret Service by Hector Bywater
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English | 9 Jun. 2015 | ISBN: 1849548846 | 304 Pages | EPUB/AZW3/PDF (conv) | 5.13 MB
Hector C. Bywater was perhaps the British secret service’s finest agent
operating in Germany before the First World War, tasked with collecting
intelligence on naval installations. Recruited by Mansfield Cumming, the
first ‘C'(or head of what would become MI6), Bywater was given the
designation ‘H2O’ in what was a rather obvious play on his name and the
equivalent of James Bond’s ‘007’. Indeed, the charming, courageous
Bywater probably came as close to the popular image of Ian Fleming’s
most famous character as any British secret agent ever did.
Originally written up in 1930 as a series of thrilling articles in the
Daily Telegraph, his experiences were soon turned into a book, with the
help of Daily Express journalist H. C. Ferraby, collating Bywater’s
espionage endeavours in one rollicking tale of secret service adventure.
Although the identities of the British spies carrying out the missions
in Strange Intelligence are disguised, we now know that most of them
were in fact Bywater himself.
Ahead of a war that was to put the British Navy to its sternest test
since Trafalgar, Bywater reveals how he and his fellow agents deceived
the enemy to gather vital intelligence on German naval capabilities. His
account is a true classic of espionage and derring-do.
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