…Documentary reveals Hitler’s plans for Nazi Britain including schoolboy spies… [tr] The Daily Mail ^ | February 10, 2018 | Guy Walters Posted on 2/12/2018, 3:32:22 AM by beaversmom What could have been more charming than a group of seven schoolboys, all smartly dressed in shorts and jackets, cycling along the sun-dappled lanes of rural Lincolnshire one Friday afternoon?

…Documentary reveals Hitler’s plans for Nazi Britain including schoolboy spies… [tr]
The Daily Mail ^ | February 10, 2018 | Guy Walters

Posted on 2/12/2018, 3:32:22 AM by beaversmom

What could have been more charming than a group of seven schoolboys, all smartly dressed in shorts and jackets, cycling along the sun-dappled lanes of rural Lincolnshire one Friday afternoon?

It was the middle of July 1937, a more innocent time, and on the backs of the boys’ bicycles were panniers that contained food and camping equipment for an old-fashioned expedition.

As they made good progress on their 180-mile ride from Grimsby to London, the party could hardly have known that they were being scrutinised by the British state – or, indeed, that the surprising instruction to keep them under close surveillance had come down all the way from the head of the Security Service, MI5.

He had written to chief constables informing them that ‘a party of young Germans are […] intending to bicycle to London by easy stages… Should they pass through your area we should be interested in any details you can let us have about the route they follow’.

Why, with war clouds looming, would MI5 show interest in a group of schoolboys on bikes? The answer is quite simple: it was suspected not only that these young riders were members of the Hitler Youth but, worse, that they were actually agents on two wheels – or ‘spyclists’, as they and others like them would become known.

The claim might seem outlandish. But after spending a year trawling archives around the world for a new television series on Hitler’s post-victory plans, I believe there is every chance the security services were correct.

Much as we British like to congratulate ourselves about our wartime efficiency, the truth is that our island had been riddled with Nazi spies and sympathisers in the years leading up to 1939.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk

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