I Was A Spy!: The Classic Account Of Behind-the-lines Espionage In The First World War by Marthe MckennaI Was A Spy!: The Classic Account Of Behind-the-lines Espionage In The First World War by Marthe Mckenna

I Was A Spy!: The Classic Account Of Behind-the-lines Espionage In The First World War

byMarthe Mckenna, Winston Churchill

Hardcover | September 19, 2015

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"The Greatest War Story of All - Takes rank with All Quiet on the Western Front. She fulfilled in every respect the conditions which made the terrible profession of a spy dignified and honourable. Dwelling behind the German line within sound of cannon, she continually obtained and sent information of the highest importance to the British Intelligence Authorities. Her tale is a thrilling one ... the main description of her life and intrigues and adventures is undoubtedly authentic. I was unable to stop reading it until 4 a.m."
Winston Churchill 1932

With her medical studies cut short by the 1914 German invasion, her house burned down and her father arrested for suspected 'sharpshooting', it was perhaps unsurprising that the multi-lingual Marthe Mckenna (née Cnockaert, codename 'Laura') was recruited by British Intelligence. At the time she worked as a nurse tending the wounds of occupying soldiers, and as a waitress in her parents' café in the Belgian border town of Roulers.

I Was a Spy! is McKenna's vivid narrative of these breathtaking adventures as she, aided by a gallant band of loyal locals, goes undercover to sabotage enemy phone lines, report suspicious activity or train movements, and even instigate an aerial attack on a planned visit by the Kaiser.
This thrilling account goes on to explain how, in 1916, the young nurse was caught by the Germans placing dynamite in a disused sewer tunnel underneath an ammunition dump. She was sentenced to the firing squad and only survived due to the Iron Cross honor received as a result of her earlier medical service . Mckenna was later mentioned by Douglas Haig in British Despatches and was awarded the French and Belgian Orders of the Legion of Honour for her espionage work.

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Straight out of Boys' Own Paper! I was reading stories like this in my comics in the 1950s, never quite able to believe that such things actually happened, and that such people actually really existed!'
Books Monthly UK



McKenna's style is a breathless mix of Celia Johnson crossed with Enid Blyton... she drives her narrative at a brisk clip and becomes an entertaining and rather endearing companion.
The Independent UK
Title:I Was A Spy!: The Classic Account Of Behind-the-lines Espionage In The First World WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:September 19, 2015Publisher:Casemate IpmLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1910860034

ISBN - 13:9781910860038

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