MI9: ESCAPE AND EVASION
A Thrilling History of MI9 - the WWII organisation that engineered the escape of Allied forces behind enemy lines
When Allied fighters were trapped behind enemy lines, one branch of military intelligence helped them escape: MI9. The organization set up clandestine routes that zig-zagged across Nazi-occupied Europe, enabling soldiers and airmen to make their way home. Secret agents and resistance fighters risked their lives and those of their families to hide the men.
Drawing on declassified files and eye witness testimonies from across Europe, Helen Fry provides a significant reassessment of MI9’s wartime role. Central to its success were figures such as Airey Neave, Jimmy Langley, Sam Derry, and Mary Lindell—one of only a few women parachuted into enemy territory for MI9. This astonishing account combines tales of escape and evasion and Q gadgets with the previously untold stories behind the establishment of MI9—and reveals how the organisation saved thousands of lives.
Helen illuminates the mysterious relationship between MI9 and MI6 which has traditionally been blurred. She provides revelatory new research on MI9 as a major intelligence-gathering organisation, and the role of MI6's man (and later traitor) Kim Philby in the most secret part, Room 900.