Camp X

Overview

Camp X was the first secret agent training camp ever to be built in North America. Established early in the Second World War by Britain's Special Operations Executive on the Canadian shore of Lake Ontario, it trained dozens of Americans and Canadians in the arts of secret war including paramilitary skills, close combat, disguise, secret ciphers, propaganda, and undercover operations.

Many of the Camp's graduates became secret agents in enemy-occupied Europe and Asia. Others were...

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Overview

Camp X was the first secret agent training camp ever to be built in North America. Established early in the Second World War by Britain's Special Operations Executive on the Canadian shore of Lake Ontario, it trained dozens of Americans and Canadians in the arts of secret war including paramilitary skills, close combat, disguise, secret ciphers, propaganda, and undercover operations.

Many of the Camp's graduates became secret agents in enemy-occupied Europe and Asia. Others were sent to South or Central America to counter Nazi espionage and subversion against the allied war effort. Still others worked at the Camp's HYDRA radio station responsible for transmitting some of the most sensitive intelligence material to pass between secret services across the Atlantic.

Based on eyewitness accounts and secret files in London, Washington, and Ottawa, the cast of this real life spy adventure also includes Sir William Stephenson ('Intrepid'), OSS chief 'Wild Bill' Donovan, and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. This edition includes a new preface by the author bringing the story up to date. A documentary based on the book will be shown on the History Channel in 2014.

"True and fascinating... told in vivid detail... With the excitement of a first-rate thriller Camp X dramatically chronicles a key period in the genesis of the international game." - Stars and Stripes

"The course of study at Camp X reads like a James Bond training school." - Indianapolis Star

"Required reading for any potential 007" - Sunday Mirror

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Located in Canada not far from Toronto, Special Training School 103 (``Camp X'') was established by the British in 1941 primarily to teach American civilian recruits the basic elements of sabotage and counterintelligence. By the time it closed down in 1944, various agencies in Britain, Canada and the United States, including the OSS and the FBI, had used the facilities to train some 500 students as secret agents, spies and guerrilla fighters who performed missions behind enemy lines in Europe and Asia. The author, executive director of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, strains to explore several little-known myths of doubtful interest about the camp: its supposed connection with the assassination of SS leader Reinhard Heydrich, the cross-Channel raid on Dieppe and Ian Fleming's creation of ``James Bond.'' Stafford acknowledges that Camp X played a modest role in American-British-Canadian cooperation during the war. His book, jammed with largely undigested material, is modest. Photos. (September)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909869721
  • Publisher: Thistle Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/26/2014
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

David Stafford is the author of several widely acclaimed books on intelligence history including Churchill and Secret Service, Roosevelt and Churchill: Men of Secrets, Secret Agent: the true story of the Special Operations Executive, Spies Beneath Berlin, and Mission Accomplished, the official history of SOE in Italy 1943-1945. For many years the Project Director at the Centre for the Study of the Two World Wars at the University of Edinburgh, he now lives in Canada.
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