Dr Helen Fry - Latimer House during World War II
Sunday 17th May at 8.00pm
Stone Cottage, HP8 4QA
Join Dr Helen Fry for a fascinating evening of spies, lies and ingenuity!
A history of the elaborate and brilliantly sustained World War II intelligence operation by which Hitler’s generals were tricked into giving away vital Nazi secrets…
At the outbreak of World War II, MI6 spymaster Thomas Kendrick arrived at the Tower of London to set up a top secret operation: German prisoners’ cells were to be bugged and listeners installed behind the walls to record and transcribe their private conversations. This mission proved so effective that it would go on to be set up at three further sites – and provide the Allies with crucial insight into new technology being developed by the Nazis.
In this astonishing history, Helen Fry uncovers the inner workings of the bugging operation. On arrival at stately homes like Latimer House and Wilton Park, high ranking German generals and commanders were given a phoney interrogation, then treated as guests, wined and dined at exclusive clubs and encouraged to talk. And so it was that the Allies got access to some of Hitler’s most closely guarded secrets – and from those most entrusted to protect them.
Dr Helen Fry has written over 25 books, primarily on the social history of WWII and espionage. She is an ambassador for the Museum of Military Intelligence and a founding trustee of Trent Park Museum Trust. Her new book is ‘The Walls Have Ears: The Greatest Intelligence Operation of WWII’.
Canapes are included in the price of this event.