Be subtle!be subtle!and use your spies for every kind ofwarfare.

                                       Sun Tzu: The Art of War

Picture of the Month

January 2017

During WW1 British Military Intelligence and SIS recruited several hundred agents to work for them in occupied Belgium and France. These men and women collected information about German military strength and dispositions, information crucial to British army planning on the Western Front. But how was this hard won intelligence to be conveyed to British spy headquarters? 

Couriers were engaged to smuggle the intel across the border into neutral Holland, but a combination of effective German counter-espionage and the deadly electrified fence along the entire Belgian/Dutch border, led to periods when nothing was getting through. Alternatives had to be found.

One solution was the homing pigeon; agents could clip a brief message to the bird's tail or leg and, with unequalled speed, the message would arrive at Intelligence HQ. The problem was how to deliver the pigeons to the agents in place. Below is one of the more  imaginative devices invented.  Can you see how it worked?

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Welcome to SPYSTORY

With an unique collection of stories, photos, maps and references, SPYSTORY gathers together a wealth of hard to find information. Accounts of spies and spymasters reveal some remarkable people and events. 

The in-depth account of the life and death of Cecil Aylmer Cameron is at the heart of SPYSTORY and can be found by clicking on  An Unlikely Spy. 

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Last Updated:    16 January 2017

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