THE UNTOLD EXPLOITS OF BRITAIN’S MOST DARING COLD WAR SPY MISSION.
Dj is Price-Clipped. Book is starting to tan uniformly from edges inwards. 355pp incl index; 8 pp b&w photog plates. Scarce for some unknown reason.
For forty tense years of Cold War in Europe a team of British intelligence agents, working under diplomatic cover as liaison officers, ranged like pirates through East German, in uniform and unarmed. Their target: the massive military strength assembled on German soil by the Soviets for a potential invasion of the West.
The British agents came from the three armed services, the SAS and the Foreign Office. Fluent linguists, they penetrated top secret training areas and mingled with Russian troops on the exercise. They snatched video footage of the latest Soviet aircraft. They collected unexploded bombs and missiles. They clambered aboard goods trains carrying Russian armoured cars and tanks. From a light trainer aircraft, they snatched pictures of weapons hidden behind high walls. They even broke into hangars where Russian tanks were secured and burgled the tanks themselves. These few men gathered a mass of military intelligences information: their efforts met with a violent Soviet response.
Based on privileged access to secret files and photographs, Beyond the Front Line is more astonishing than and every bit as readable as the best spy fiction. Tony Geraghty, best-selling author of Who Dares Wins and himself a veteran paratrooper, is the only man able to get inside Brixmis, the British Military Exchange Mission. The story he has uncovered is nothing less than the secret history of Britain’s victory in the Cold War.
Authored by Tony Gearaghty and published by HarperCollins of London in 1996. This First Edition, First Impression copy, hard cover bound, is in Very Good condition, with a Very Good dust jacket, and covered in plastic. The size of the book 240x158x35mm. ISBN 9780002556163.