Posts Tagged ‘WW2’

ClandesTime 123 - Buster Crabb

ClandesTime 123 – Buster Crabb

Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, OBE, was a Royal Navy frogman and MI6 diver who disappeared while on an underwater spying mission in April 1956. For three quarters of a century the story around Crabb has remained a mystery – was he killed by the Soviets, whose ship he was spying on? ...
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Top Secret Files on the Disappearance of Buster Crabb

Top Secret Files on the Disappearance of Buster Crabb

Buster Crabb was a WW2 British Navy Frogman who in 1956 was recruited by MI6 to spy on Soviet ships docking in Portsmouth harbour during a goodwill visit.  These files - some available here for the first time - detail the British government's interference in the inquest into Crabb's presumed ...
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National Security Cinema - Tom on Gorilla Radio

National Security Cinema – Tom on Gorilla Radio

Chris Cook had me as a guest on Gorilla Radio recently to talk about National Security Cinema, how modern military propaganda is different to that of the WW2 era, how widespread militarised pop culture has become, how the government rewrites and censors films, and why so few Hollywood movies contain ...
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Winston, The One-Horse Propaganda Machine

Winston, The One-Horse Propaganda Machine

Winston the police horse was named after Winston Churchill, having joined the Met in the 1940s.  He featured in numerous royal events, ridden by both King George and princess and then Queen Elizabeth during the Trooping the Colour ceremonies in the 40s and early 50s.  Winston was also the subject ...
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ClandesTime 097 - Sterling Hayden

ClandesTime 097 – Sterling Hayden

Sterling Hayden's life encompassed many important events and periods of the 20th century.  A lifelong seaman he joined the Marine Corps and the OSS during World War 2, running smuggling operations to support anti-fascist partisans in Yugoslavia.  He was also a movie star, famously appearing in The Godfather and in ...
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Jack D Ripper OSS File

Jack D Ripper OSS File

Sterling Hayden is perhaps best-known for playing Jack D Ripper but his life and career make for fascinating reading.  After a time working as a mate on various ships his near 2-metre frame, grizelled good looks and shock of blonde hair saw him move into print modelling and then into ...
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Carol For Another Christmas - Tom Secker on PPR

Carol For Another Christmas – Tom Secker on PPR

Pearse invited me on his radio show to discuss the 1964 TV movie A Carol for Another Christmas.  This was the first in a series of TV films designed to promote the United Nations and sponsored by the Xerox corporation.  A Carol for Another Christmas is a remake of A ...
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ClandesTime 085 - WW2 Spies and Hyperreality

ClandesTime 085 – WW2 Spies and Hyperreality

Mutt and Jeff were a pair of Norwegian double agents during WW2, named after the popular cartoon characters.  They played a crucial role in deceiving the Nazi intelligence apparatus by taking part in false flag sabotage and deception operations.  Several of these operations have very curious codenames including Operation GUY ...
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16 Military and Intelligence Code Names Inspired by Popular Culture

16 Military and Intelligence Code Names Inspired by Popular Culture

One of the most prominent influences of pop culture on government and on the deep state is in the use of code names.   From the capture of Saddam Hussein to a counter-smuggling helicopter unit in Hawaii, from a mass surveillance program named after Blazing Saddles to Secret Service and MI5 ...
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Review: The Double-Cross System

Review: The Double-Cross System

In my opinion, the importance of the intelligence war in World War 2 cannot be overstated.  Economically, Britain was essentially bankrupt by the end of the war.  Militarily they were not as well resourced and equipped as Germany with the exception of naval warfare.  The most decisive factor in Britain ...
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