The Guy Liddell Diaries, Volume I: 1939-1942: MI5's Director of Counter-Espionage in World War II
This is the first volume of Nigel West's acclaimed presentation of these fascinating diaries from the heart of Britain's Second World War intelligence operations.
'No intelligence buff can be without this volume and anyone interested in British twentieth century history needs it too.'
M.R.D. Foot, The Spectator
'Regarded by historians as the most important military intelligence documents from the whole of the Second World War.'
'[A] unique insight into the espionage secrets of the Second World War. Its historical importance is enhanced by the editing of Nigel West who, apart from decoding several obscure references to the secret war, persuaded the Security Service to break their rule of maintaining an agent's anonymity.'
BBC History Magazine
WALLFLOWERS is the codename given to one of the Security Service's most treasured possessions, the daily journal dictated from August 1939 to June 1945 by MI5's Director of Counter Espionage, Guy Liddell, to his secretary, Margo Huggins. The document was considered so highly classified that it was retained in the safe of successive Directors General, and special permission was required to read it.