MI6's SPY: THOMAS JOSEPH KENDRICK
"Congratulations on the best deserved OBE of the war." - Norman Crockatt, Head of MI9 (Letter to Kendrick)
Wednesday 17th August 1938: The chauffeur-driven car sped towards the German border near Freilassing in Austria. Ahead, an unexpected checkpoint forced the driver to stop. Sitting in the back, Captain Thomas Kendrick glanced at his watch. It was still early. He was ordered out of the car and promptly arrested. The Gestapo had their man.
Kendrick’s arrest caused panic in Whitehall. He was one of MI6’s most trusted agents. Working out of Vienna under the guise of the Passport Officer and saving up to two hundred Jews a day, he headed up MI6’s East European operations as well as spying on Mussolini and Italian naval movements.
He entered the dangerous world of German double agents and foreign spies...
The whole network of MI6 agents working out of many European capitals in the 1930s was at risk. After Kendrick’s “Russian-style” interrogation at Gestapo headquarters in Vienna, he was unceremoniously thrown out of Austria.
With another war looming, Kendrick disappeared from public view but not from the ranks of the British Secret Service: he re-emerged to become MI6’s spymaster in chief against Nazi Germany...
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