Agent Jack: Fighting the Nazis on British Soil
Chair: Helen Fry
June 1940: Britain is Hitler’ s next target. Some Britons are pro-Nazi, and they determine to do all they can to hasten Hitler’s arrival. Throughout WWII, Britain’s defence against the ‘enemy within’ was the unlikely figure of Eric Roberts, a former bank clerk turned MI5 agent. Codenamed Jack King, he single-handedly built a network of hundreds of British Nazi sympathisers, many of whom passed secrets to him in the mistaken belief that he was a Gestapo officer. Operation Fifth Column was so covert it was omitted from the reports MI5 sent to Churchill. Robert Hutton reveals this astonishing story, told for the first time.
Robert Hutton is an author and UK political correspondent for Bloomberg News. He studied A.I. at Edinburgh University before going on to work at The Daily Mirror and The Financial Times.
Helen Fry is a specialist in the history of British Intelligence. She is the author of The Walls Have Ears, The London Cage, and over twenty books focusing on intelligence and POWs in World War II. She lives in London.