Virtual Event – MI9: A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion
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During WWII, Allied fighters trapped behind enemy lines were helped to escape by MI9. This branch of military intelligence, made up of secret agents and resistance fighters, established clandestine escape routes that criss-crossed Nazi-occupied Europe. Often at great risk to themselves and their families, the members of MI9 helped soldiers and airmen to find their way home.
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 scintillating account combines escape and evasion tales with the previously untold stories behind the establishment of this much-neglected secret organisation.
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.
Matthew Stadlen is a broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host. Previously he was an LBC presenter, wrote The Matthew Stadlen Interview for the Telegraph and presented the TV series Five Minutes With and On The Road With for the BBC. He is a birdwatcher and photographer, and his book How To See Birds is out now. Twitter: @matthewstadlen