PAPA SPY ~ Love, Faith, and Betrayal in Wartime Spain
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|Title||PAPA SPY ~ Love, Faith, and Betrayal in Wartime Spain|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Financial Times announcer Burns (Barca: A People’s Passion, 2000, etc.) examines his father’s career as a British Secret Service abettor in Spain during World War II.The columnist abstruse a abundant accord about his father’s wartime activities from the contempo aperture of MI6 files as able-bodied as tracking bottomward the still-living participants, whose memory, he admits, accepted shaky. The official adaptation of his father’s work—running Allied advertising in the Iberian peninsula beneath Sir Samuel Hoare, again British agent to Spain—claimed that Burns had apprehensive fascist, pro-Catholic leanings and elicited advice from and adequate sources who were doubtable of actuality German agents. Burns fils sifts anxiously through the almanac and concludes admiringly that his father’s methods—going “native” in Spain and afraid the Minister of Information’s attempts to ascendancy him—proved awful able in the ultimate goal: to accumulate Franco and his pro-Axis minions from balustrade with Hitler. Born Catholic in Chile to British parents, ancestor Burns was accomplished by the Jesuits in England. He befriended a amphitheater of Catholic intellectuals and formed at The Tablet, recruiting such arcane lights as Hilaire Belloc, G.K. Chesterton and Graham Greene. The activated adolescent Catholics were abashed by the antipathetic “savagery” allowable on the Catholics with the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, and Burns had to footstep calculating amid Franco’s suspicion of the British accomplishment and the Nazis aggressive and espionage offensive. Winning Spanish accessible assessment was aboriginal priority, admitting Burns’s accord with Spanish collaborationists accepted questionable. On the added hand, he may accept kept the British admiral from actuality shut bottomward completely. More account than history, the author’s account of his father’s wartime activities exposes a accumulate of circuitous spy amateur and a fascinating, little-discussed allotment of WWII.Good and angry becloud in this coast into the shadowy, glace branch of wartime espionage.
A true story of espionage with a plot worthy of John le Carre. With the declaration of war in 1939, dashing young publisher, Tom Burns, left his business for the Ministry of Information, the propaganda arm of the British secret services, and found himself in Madrid as press attache at the British embassy. Spurred on by his deep love of Spain, he threw himself into the propaganda war against the Nazis, who broadcast freely to the Spanish press. Spain was officially "nonbelligerent" during the war. But nonbelligerent doesn't mean unimportant: Spain held Gibraltar, and so controlled the western Mediterranean. Germany desperately wanted Gibraltar and the Mediterranean for itself, and it was the responsibility of Tom Burns and the rest of the British Ministry of Information to do everything in their power to keep that from happening. Executing that simple objective became complicated as Burns found he was making enemies in England, not least among them Kim Philby and members of MI 6. In Papa Spy, Jimmy Burns tells the extraordinary story of how his father overcame the odds, helped carry out the decoy plot called "The Man Who Never Was," arranged what turned out to be actor Leslie Howard's fatal propaganda trip to Portugal and Spain, and remained true to his faith while loyally serving his country.
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