Strange Intelligence : From Dunkirk to Nuremberg

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208 pages - 1981 - Old, like new
This very fascinating book - which contains some photographs, cartoons and a map - describes what the author ( a R.A.F. Intelligence Officer ) has been through during the Second World War.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, BRADEL, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features First edition, Dedicated copy, Dust jacket
Condition Old, like new
Number of pages 208
Published date 1981
Languages English
Size 15 x 23 x 3 cm
Author S. John Peskett
Editor Robert Hale Limited

Description

Beginning with his appointment as an Intelligence Officer on the Air Staff in 1939, the author describes his work in various branches of our intelligence services, which involved him in some very unexpected activities for a R.A.F. officer.

 

( … ) He describes the work of picking up the pieces during the Battle of Britain, which contributed to the achievement of Dr R.V. Jones and other scientists in countering the bombing offensive and the attacks of V - 1 and V - 2. For a short time he was at the centre of our intelligence organisation in Hut 3 at Bletchley Park, working on the product of Enigma. ( ... ) Once victory was in sight he was appointed lecturer at the Control Commission School ( Air ) training officers for the government of Germany and the take - over of the Luftwaffe. This led to two years of scientific and technical intelligence work in Germany, with Kim Philby and the late Airey Neave, culminating with a visit to the Major War Criminals' Trial at Nuremberg and his interrogation of Albert Speer.

 

Wing Commander Peskett's varied adventures from 1939 to the end of 1946 gave him a unique opportunity to observe our fortunes from lowest ebb to final victory and amply justify his title of Strange Intelligence. ( ... )

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
S. John Peskett

Sidney John Peskett ( 1906 - 1991 ) was born and educated in London ( England ). 


In 1939, he joined the R.A.F.V.R. ( Service Number : 76359 ) and was appointed Pilot Officer on probation on November 13th ( Administrative and Special Duties Branch, for Intelligence Duties ). He first began his military career with an appointment as an Intelligence Officer on the Air Staff. His work in various branches of the British Intelligence Services involved him in some very unexpected activities for a R.A.F. officer : 


- Examination of shot down enemy aircraft. 

- Interrogation of Luftwaffe prisoners in France and Belgium. 

- Liaison with the French Armée de l'Air. 


As the last British officer to leave Brussels ( Belgium ) in May 1940, he then saw the fall of France at first hand. During the Battle of Britain, Sidney J. Peskett used to pick up pieces from shot down enemy aircraft. For a short time, he worked on the product of Enigma at Bletchley Park ( Buckinghamshire, England ). 


His next assignment was as Air Staff Intelligence Representative to the BBC, where he organised for over two years a daily propaganda broadcast from the R.A.F. to the Luftwaffe. He was later appointed lecturer at the Control Commission School ( Air ) training officers for the government of Germany and the take - over of the Luftwaffe. 


After the Victory in Europe, he had the opportunity to visit the Major War Criminals at Nuremberg ( Bavaria, Germany ), and interrogated former Reich Minister of Industry and Production : Albert Speer. 


Wing Commander Sidney J. Peskett resigned from the R.A.F.V.R. in 1946. He moved to Belgium were he lived for some years, and returned to Great Britain were he passed away, at Tunbridge Wells ( Kent, England ). 


As a writer, Sidney J. Peskett has published several stories, such as : The Strange Drama of Cyrus A. Clamm ( 1940 ), Sentence of Death ( 1943 ), Voyage au Pays de Simenon ( 1958 ), Murder or Suicide ? ( 1961 ), The Mystery of the " Meduse " ( 1967 ), Rogues Gallery ( 1980 ). 


( sources : Strange Intelligence : From Dunkirk to Nuremberg, digital.nls.uk, www.thegazette.co.uk, www.philsp.com, Wikipedia )

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