Modern history

The Secret History of MI6

The Secret History of MI6

The authorized history of the world's oldest foreign intelligence service, drawing on hitherto secret documents. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) was born a century ago amid fears of the rising power of other countries, especially Germany. The next 40 years saw MI6 taking an increasingly important & largely hidden role in shaping history.

Preface

Part I: EARLY DAYS

Chapter 1. The beginnings of the Service

Part II: THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Chapter 2. Status, organisation and expertise

Chapter 3. Operations in the West

Chapter 4. Working further afield

Part III: THE INTERWAR YEARS

Chapter 5. The emergence of SIS

Chapter 6. From Boche to Bolsheviks

Chapter 7. Domestic matters

Chapter 8. Existing on a shoestring

Chapter 9. Approaching war

Part IV: THE IMPACT OF WAR

Chapter 10. Keeping afloat

Chapter 11. The European theatre

Chapter 12. From Budapest to Baghdad

Chapter 13. West and East

Part V: WINNING THE WAR

Chapter 14. The tide turns

Chapter 15. From Switzerland to Normandy

Chapter 16. Victory in Europe

Chapter 17. Asia and the end of the war

Chapter 18. Postwar planning

Part VI: FROM HOT WAR TO COLD WAR

Chapter 19. Adjusting to peace

Chapter 20. Deployment and operations in Europe

Chapter 21. A worldwide Service

Part VII: CONCLUSION

Chapter 22. SIS: leadership and performance over the first forty years

Notes

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