The History of Leith

October 7, 2004

“K” AND THE CLOSURE OF THE GERMAN SPY RING and Leith

Captain Vernon Kell, the first head of the Security Service, masterminded an operation that culminated in the important closure of Germany’s spy network in Britain on 4 August 1914 – the day of the outbreak of the First World War.

German Intelligence’s pre-war efforts to place agents in Britain, to spy particularly on the Royal Navy’s ships and installations, had been relatively sophisticated and had produced some useful intelligence for the Kaiser’s naval staff.

Nevertheless, over 20 German agents had been identified and dealt with by Kell, or “K” as he was known, in the years between his appointment in 1909 and the summer of 1914 – this in spite of the fact that in April 1914 his Secret Service Bureau consisted, apart from himself, of only 14 staff.

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