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
Historian and biographer Helen Fry is the author of more than twenty books focusing on intelligence, prisoners of war, and the social history of the Second World War, including Spymaster: The Secret Life of Kendrick which was shortlisted for the St Ermin’s Hotel Intelligence Book Award.