Shot in the Tower: The Story of the Spies executed in the Tower of London during the First World War

Shot in the Tower: The Story of the Spies executed in the Tower of London during the First World War

by Leonard Sellers
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The first reaction to Leonard Sellers fascinating account of the spies who were executed in the Tower of London during the First World War is likely to be one of amazement at their ineptitude. Not one of them seems to have had any proper training or any idea of how to set about the job. This, of course raises the intriguing question: how many others were there who… See more details below

Overview

The first reaction to Leonard Sellers fascinating account of the spies who were executed in the Tower of London during the First World War is likely to be one of amazement at their ineptitude. Not one of them seems to have had any proper training or any idea of how to set about the job. This, of course raises the intriguing question: how many others were there who did know what they were up to and managed to escape detection?

However, thanks to the more liberal attitude now prevalent regarding access to hitherto ‘sensitive’ material and to years of dogged research by Len Sellers, the remarkable, but somehow pathetic, stories of the eleven foreign agents who were caught and subsequently shot in the Tower for espionage can now be told. In these days when a mind-boggling array of equipment is available for the assimilation and transmission of supposedly secret information their antics strike one as little short of farcical, but for their efforts, inspired, it seems, more often by greed than patriotism, these men paid the ultimate price and paid it in the most historic site in Britain.

Whether they deserved their fate, or indeed the niche in history which this book gives them, is for the reader to decide. What cannot be denied is that their collected histories make remarkable reading.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848840263
Publisher:
Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date:
08/19/2009
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >