Bletchley & Double Agents
On our Bletchley Park tour, Paul will tell the amazing story of double-agents, sent by Germany to spy on Britain but who actually worked for British Intelligence. Some were captured but most volunteered to ‘come over’ and were then used to send false information to be read in Berlin, often by Hitler. Their success was measured by Bletchley Park’s code breakers as the Germans crowed about their agents' successes. During the Second World War, 20 Nazi spies were caught and most turned into double-agents by MI5.
Colonel Paul Beaver is a widely regarded historian of the Second World war, with a special interest in intelligence and deception, he is a former security analyst who understands the world of spies, secret radio transmissions and deception. He retired as a Colonel from the Army Reserve in 2013 after 27 years of service and from 15 years public service supporting the House of Commons Defence Committee in 2016.
Your Departure date
Study Day -
10.00 - Meet at National Museum of Computing.
10.15 - Talk- the Twenty Committee, Double Cross & how it worked.
11.15 - Coffee break.
11.30 - Talk- Zigzag, Tricycle and other brave people.
12.30 - Buffet lunch
13.45 - Walk to Bletchley Park.
14.00 - Guided tour of Bletchley Park grounds
15.30 - Audio guide of Bletchley Park Museum
16.30 - Day ends
The organisation was excellent and the structure of the day was well thought out. The opportunity to ask questions and discuss matters with Paul Beaver was great. Having seen many photographs of The Bombe and Colossus before the opportunity to see them at arms length added much to my appreciation of the design and engineering challenges. The tour of Bletchley park was very informative, and the opportunity to wander around the huts once the tour finished allowed me to reconnect with the look and feel of departmental furniture when I was a post-doc. Mr Davies Bletchley and Double Agents , June 2022