Entering the Lists: MI5's great spy round-up of August 1914

  title={Entering the Lists: MI5's great spy round-up of August 1914},
  author={Nicholas Hiley},
  journal={Intelligence and National Security},
  pages={46 - 76}
  • Nicholas Hiley
  • Published 1 February 2006
  • Political Science
  • Intelligence and National Security
One of the most famous successes of the British Security Service, popularly known as MI5, was its great spy round-up of August 1914. According to all previous histories, official and unofficial, Vernon Kell, the first head of MI5, masterminded the arrest of 21 out of the 22 German agents working in Britain, crippling the German intelligence network within hours of the outbreak of the First World War. The event is still celebrated by MI5, but a careful study of the recently-opened records shows… Expand
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