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Welcome to the official site of historian Dr Helen Fry.

 

Helen has written and edited over 25 books. Her works cover the social history of the Second World War: British Intelligence and the secret war; spies and espionage; and MI9 escape and evasion.

 

Helen continues to bring fresh insight into the clandestine operations of WWII, including widespread coverage of the greatest deception of the war: the bugging of Hitler’s generals at Trent Park, North London.

 

Helen lives and works in London.

She is an ambassador for the Museum of Military Intelligence at Milton Bryan in Buckinghamshire

Because of her expertise in British Intelligence in WW1 and WWII, she has been involved in a number of documentaries – including David Jason’s Secret Service.

She has conducted advisory work for TV and drama; something which she particularly enjoys, as well as numerous radio broadcasts.

 

Helen has also written extensively about the 10,000 Germans who fought for Britain in WWII.

CAN YOU HELP?

Yale have recently commissioned Helen’s next WWII Intelligence Book for 2020: 

A History of MI9: Escape and Evasion in Europe in the Second World War.

 

If you have any link to the subject or have archival material, please contact Helen here.

You might have the missing information Helen is looking for.

LATEST BOOK RELEASE: THE WALLS HAVE EARS
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Helen's latest book 'The Walls Have Ears' is now available to read.

At the outbreak of World War Two, 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-turned-prisons like Trent 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.

Or if this short overview of the book has captured your imagination with what went on behind those country house walls;