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MI9 by Helen Fry

MI9

A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in World War Two

Helen Fry

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2 reviews

Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 8 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9780300233209

A thrilling history of MI9--the WWII organization that engineered the escape of Allied forces from behind enemy lines

4 stars out of 5
11 Oct 2020

"Helen Fry has over the years devoted much study to British intelligence in the war and has mined the recently opened MI9 files deeply."

Helen Fry has over the years devoted much study to British intelligence in the war and has mined the recently opened MI9 files deeply. Several recent books have shone light on the heroic part women played in the story of intelligence, and Fry illuminates their role even more — their lead, indeed, in the various escape lines, especially in Italy, and also, for the first time, something of their role in the interrogation of returnees, the principal source of escape and evasion intelligence.

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4 stars out of 5
Giles Milton
6 Sep 2020

"The book is a fitting tribute to the hundreds of men and women who risked their lives in assisting Allied escapees"

Fry’s book is not only about mavericks and adventurers. The author also provides exhaustive detail on MI9’s previously unknown forays into intelligence gathering, heralding this revelation as “the biggest disclosure” of her book. This may be so, but it will surely be of less interest to the general reader than the high-octane drama of the escape narratives, which make for compelling reading. It is remarkable that so many of these stories have hitherto remained untold and no less remarkable to read of the scale and reach of MI9.