During ten years of research into the history of Secret Intelligence, a great deal of material has been amassed. Rather than leave it filed away, why not share it? Consisting mostly of PDF documents, several are in French, Flemish or Dutch. In listing them, I acknowledge and respect the copyright of the original authors/publishers, and ask that you do likewise. The first section below is devoted to books. Scroll below that to find a selection of Theses and articles.  



Whilst books on the history of Secret Intelligence are not abundant, they do exist. Below is the list that will make up the Bibliography in my book, An Unlikely Spy. Many of them are freely available online through digital book collections such as Hathi Trust or Archive.orgThe Online Books Page and others can be partially read via Google Books. 

I'm always glad to hear of any suggestions to add to the bookshelves...

Agricola, Espione Durchbrechen die Front. Dorbut, Berlin nd

Andrew, Christopher. Secret Service, The making of the British Intelligence Community. Heinemann. London 1983

Andrew, Christopher. Defence of the Realm, The Authorised History of MI5. Allen Lane 2009

Beach, Jim. Haig’s Intelligence, GHQ and the German Army 1916-1918. Cambridge University Press 2013

Bonnevie, Victor. La Defence des Belges devant les Tribunaux de Guerre Allemands. J. Lebegue & Cie, Bruxelles. 1919

Boucard, Robert. La Guerre des Renseignements. Les Editions de France 1939

Boucard, Robert. Les Dessous des Archives Secrete. Les Editions de France 1929

Boucard, Robert. Les Dessous de l’Intelligence Service. Les Editions Documentaire. nd

Boucard, Robert. Les Dessous de l’Espionnage Anglais. Henri Etienne (Ed) Paris nd

Boudin, Hugh. Pastorat, Consulat et Espionnage. La Vie Insolite d’Adolphe Frederic Peterson. Edition Prodoc, Brussels. 2002

Bywater, Hector C &Ferraby, H C. Strange Intelligence; memoirs of naval secret service. Constable & Co London 1931

Carl, Ernst. Einer gegen England. Ensulin and Laiblins, Reuthingen 1934

Charteris, John. At GHQ. Cassell & Co London 1931

Clayton, Anthony. Forearmed, A History of the Intelligence Corps. Brasseys London 1993

Crozier, Joseph. In the Enemy’s Country. Hutchinson London c1930

Cunningham, Cyril. Beaulieu: Finishing School for Secret Agents,. Pen & Sword, Barnsley

De Croy, Princess Marie. War Memories. Macmillan & Co London 1932

De Gomery, Commandant. Belgium in Wartime. George H Doran, New York 1915

De Schaepdrijver, Sophie. Gabrielle Petit: The Death and Life of a Female Spy in the First World War. Bloomsbury London 2015

Decock, Pierre. La Dame Blanche, Un  Reseau de Renseignement de la Grande Guerre. 2010

Felstead, S Theodore. Under the German Heel. George Newnes London

Felstead, S Theodore. German Spies at Bay. Brentano’s New York

Fleming, Peter. The Fate of Admiral Kolchak. Rupert Hart-Davis, London 1963

Gerhardie, William. Memoirs of a Polyglot. Robin Clark London 1990

De Graaf, Beatrice et al. Battleground Western Europe: Intelligence Operations in Germany and the Netherlands in the Twentieth Century. Het Spinhuis Netherlands 2007

Grote, Hans Henning Freiherr. Dorlicht! Seind hort mit. Swinger Berlag, Dresden 1937

Hart, Peter(Ed). Narratives, British Intelligence in Ireland 1920-1921 The Final Reports. Cork University Press 2002

James, William. The Eyes of the Navy. Methuen London 1953

Jeffrey, Keith. MI6, The History of the SIS 1909-1949. Bloomsbury, London 2010

Johnson, Thomas M. Our Secret War. True American Spy Stories 1917-1919. The Bobbs-Merrill Company, USA 1929

Judd, Alan. The Quest for C, Mansfield Cumming anf the founding of the Secret Service. Harper Collins, London 1999

Kauffer, Remi. Histoire Mondiale de Services Secrets. Perrin un department d’Edi8. 2015

Kirkpatrick, Ivone. The Inner Circle. Macmillan, New York, 1959

Landau, Henry. Spreading the Spy Net. Jarrolds, London

Landau, Henry. All’s Fair: the story of the British secret service behind the German lines G P Putnams, New York

Landau, Henry. The Secrets of the White Lady. G P Putnam’s New York 1935

Le Queux, William. German Spies in England. Thomas Langton, Toronto, 1915

Le Queux, William. Britain’s Deadly Peril; Are we told the Truth? Stanley Paul, London, 1915

Le Queux, William. Spies of the Kaiser. George Newnes, London

Lombard, Laurent. Le Fusillé Vivant. Editions vox Patriae, Stavelot

Lombard, Laurent. Zone du Mort. Editions vox Patriae

Lombard, Laurent. Memoirs de Trois Fusille.

Lombard, Laurent. La Tragique Destin de M.82.

Lucieto, Charles. On Special Missions. A L Burt Ney York 1927 (translated from French)

MacIntyre, Ben. A Foreign Field. Harper & Collins, London 2001

Anon. Scraps of Paper. German Proclamations in Belgium and France. Hodder & Stoughton London 1916

Marcel, Lieutenant (Abbe Vincent de Moor). Les Cahiers du Lt Marcel. Maison de la Bonne Presse, Paris, 1938

McKenna, Marthe. I was a Spy. Jarrolds London 1934

McMahon, Paul. British Spies and Irish Rebels, British Intelligence and Ireland 1916-1945. The Booydell Press 2008

Maasart, Jean. La presse clandestine dans la Belgique occupée. Paris 1917

Millard, Oscar. Uncensored, The Story of the Uncensored Newspaper, La Libre Belgique. Robert Hale, London 1934

Morgan, Janet. The Secrets of the Rue St Roch. Allen Lane, London 2004

Morton, James. Spies of the First World War. The National Archives, London 2010

Monka, Friedrich. Spionage an der Westfront. August Eberl GMBH

Occleshaw, Michael. Armour Against Fate, British Military Intelligence in the First World War. Columbus Books, London 1989

Occleshaw, Michael. Dances in Deep Shadows. Constable, London, 2006

Proctor, Tammy M. Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War. NYUP 2003

Rankin, Nicholas. Churchill’s Wizards, The British Genius for Deception 1914-1945. Faber & Faber London 2008

Redier, Antoine. La Guerre des Femmes. Edition de la Vraie France, 1924

Rowan, Richard. Spy and Counter-Spy. John Hamilton, London, 1929

Rowan, Richard. The Story of the Secret Service. Doubleday, New York, 1937

Scott, Group Captain A J L.  Sixty Squadron, RAF. William Heinemann London 1920

Sellers, Leonard. Shot in the Tower. Lee Cooper, London, 1995

Schaepdrijver, Sophie De. Gabrielle Petit: The Death and Life of a Female Spy in the First World War.  Bloomsbury Academic, London. 2015

Smith, Michael. SIX, The real James Bonds 1909-1939. Biteback Publishing, London, 2010

Souhami, Diana. Edith Cavell. Quercus London, 2010

Spears, Edward. Liaison 1914: A Narrative of the Great Retreat

West, Nigel. GCHQ-The Secret Wireless War 1900-1986. Coronet Books.1986

Winter, Ormonde de L’Epee. Winter’s Tale. Richards Press London 1955

Woodhall, Edwin. Spies of the Great War. Mellifont Press.

Wyndham, Horace. Consider your Verdict. W H Allen, London 1946


Articles and Theses

With the advent of the online publication of many academic theses, there is enough material to occupy the most ardent reader or student of Espionage. Our list does not claim to be exhaustive, but it will be the most comprehensive catalogue that can be found online!! Simply click on any title to be taken to the open source and download the PDF. 

Doctoral Theses:

'British intelligence and threats to national security, c.1941-1951'. CALDER WALTON Trinity College, Cambridge (September 2006)

Never To Be Disclosed: Government Secrecy in Britain 1945 - 1975 by Christopher R. Moran BA, MA. University of Warwick, Department of History September 2008.

MI9’s ESCAPE AND EVASION MAPPING PROGRAMME 1939 – 1945 B.A.BOND Plymouth University October 2014

Studies in British naval intelligence, 1880-1945. Wells, Anthony Roland King's College London