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I Was a Spy!: The Classic Account of Behind-The-Lines Espionage in the First World War, McKenna Marthe, Churchill Winston



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Автор: McKenna Marthe, Churchill Winston
Название:  I Was a Spy!: The Classic Account of Behind-The-Lines Espionage in the First World War
Издательство: Pool of London Press
Классификация:
Биография и автобиография: Историческая, политическая и военная
Мировая история
История специфических предметов
Политика и институты государственной власти
Война и оборона

ISBN: 1910860034
ISBN-13(EAN): 9781910860038
ISBN: 1-910860-03-4
ISBN-13(EAN): 978-1-910860-03-8
Обложка/Формат: Hardback
Страницы: 288
Вес: 0.444 кг.
Дата издания: 19.09.2015
Язык: ENG
Иллюстрации: 15 photographs
Размер: 139 x 205 x 25
Читательская аудитория: General (us: trade)
Подзаголовок: The classic account of behind-the-lines espionage in the first world war
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Поставляется из: Англии
Описание: The Greatest War Story of All Takes rank with All Quiet on the Western Front. She fulfilled in every respect the conditions which made the terrible profession of a spy dignified and honourable. Dwelling behind the German line within sound of cannon, she continually obtained and sent information of the highest importance to the British Intelligence Authorities. Her tale is a thrilling one the main description of her life and intrigues and adventures is undoubtedly authentic. I was unable to stop reading it until 4 a.m. Winston Churchill 1932With her medical studies cut short by the 1914 German invasion, her house burned down and her father arrested for suspected sharpshooting, it was perhaps unsurprising that the multi-lingual Marthe Mckenna (nee Cnockaert, codename Laura ) was recruited by British Intelligence. At the time she worked as a nurse tending the wounds of occupying soldiers, and as a waitress in her parents cafe in the Belgian border town of Roulers. I Was a Spy is McKenna s vivid narrative of these breath-taking adventures as she, aided by a gallant band of loyal locals, goes undercover to sabotage enemy phone lines, report suspicious activity or train movements, and even instigate an aerial attack on a planned visit by the Kaiser.This thrilling account goes on to explain how, in 1916, the young nurse was caught by the Germans placing dynamite in a disused sewer tunnel underneath an ammunition dump. She was sentenced to the firing squad and only survived due to the Iron Cross honour received as a result of her earlier medical service . Mckenna was later mentioned by Douglas Haig in British Despatches and was awarded the French and Belgian Orders of the Legion of Honour for her espionage work.REVIEWS Straight out of Boys Own Paper I was reading stories like this in my comics in the 1950s, never quite able to believe that such things actually happened, and that such people actually really existed Books Monthly UK McKennas style is a breathless mix of Celia Johnson crossed with Enid Blyton... she drives her narrative at a brisk clip and becomes an entertaining and rather endearing companion.The Independent UK This re-issue of a gripping tale of the wartime adventures of a legendary heroine, perhaps ranking alongside the legendary Violette Szabo, is one to be welcomed. Churchill was not the only one who could not stop reading this until 4am -Britain at War Written at an electric pace McKenna s is an unremitting adventure -All About History History of War Magazine recommends section Her tale is a thrilling one. The main description of her life and intrigues and adventures is undoubtedly authentic. I was unable to stop reading it until 4 a.m. The pages of this book are dramatically riddled with suspicion, fear and excruciating, life-and-death tension....fast-paced bit of remarkable reading. Toy Soldier and Model Figure Magazine



Spies I Knew: Further Accounts of Behind-The-Lines Espionage in the First World War

Автор: McKenna Marthe
Название: Spies I Knew: Further Accounts of Behind-The-Lines Espionage in the First World War
ISBN: 1910860158 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781910860151
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Описание: Praised by Winston Churchill in his foreword as The Greatest War Story of All, Marthe McKenna s I Was a Spy is a vivid, breathtaking account of her life as an undercover British agent in the First World War. It is a classic of espionage writing and went on to become a major bestseller and inspired a Hollywood movie starring Madeleine Carroll. In these further memoirs entitled Spies I Knew, McKenna, known as codename Laura by the British Intelligence services, relates in simply yet dramatic form the breathtaking adventures of her fellow spies and herself. They were her devoted helpers and, though many were in on the secret of Laura s identity, no one betrayed her trust. For the first time is related how the network of Allied espionage in ravished Belgium was provoked by the brutality of the invading German hordes, and the enemy was duped into believing that the British Intelligence was in a state of inaction.But whether telling the breathless adventure of the wire at the frontier, or following the jolly yet tragic figure of Canteen Ma the cleverest spy of all, it is always in vivid pen pictures that she shows the burning faith of a gallant little band working for the day of deliverance with amazing courage."A thrilling narrative, bristling with hair-breadth escapes Evening Standard Mrs McKenna writes without a trace of sensationalism, but this very restraint renders more impressive the grim and dramatic episodes she relates As a contributions to the literature of the Secret Service, Spies I Knew deserves special praise. Sunday Times A first-rate book of its kind The Sphere"


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