Blog Review - Secrets & Spies: Latchmere House
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Woodbridge gives a nice summary of the history of Latchmere House and its role during World War II. He does indicate that the first German spy arrived at the camp in July 1940, but in actual fact, that notable event took place in early September 1940 when the four "spies in dinghies" arrived at the camp - Jose Waldberg, Carl Meier, Charles van den Kieboom and Sjoerd Pons.
As Woodbridge notes, a few erroneous rumours about Latchmere House continue to persist. Sir Oswald Mosley (leader of the British Union of Fascists) and Rudolf Hess (Hitler's second-in-command) were not held at Latchmere House.
Other than providing a bit of information on Lt. Col. Robin W.G. Stephens, commandant of Latchmere House during World War II, Woodbridge provides no information on some of the other MI5 officers who staffed the facility: G.F. Sampson, R.A.F. Short, D.B. Stimson, E.B. Goodacre,
A.D. Meurig Evans and T.L. Winn.