Strategy, Sabotage and Spying

The strategy element of this theme is addressed in two case studies, one on the technological innovations of the First World War and another on the Mulberry Harbour initiative of World War II. Images included in this theme but not part of a case study are several Fougasse leaflets from the “Careless Talk Costs Lives” series. They warned that spies might be anywhere. There is also a poster size reproduction of one of the Fougasse leaflets. Finally, there are seven posters which warn of the dangers of "careless words" and "loose talk" and emphasize the need for "sealed lips".

In addition to these two case studies, there are several related case studies which can be found in other themes: the innovative technology of the First World War is discussed in relation to trench maps, aerial photography and trench raids in the three case studies included in the theme Mapping and Photographing the First World War. There are two other case studies relating to spying: C.K. Ogden was spied upon during World War I -- see A Voice of Reason: C.K. Ogden and the Cambridge Magazine included in the theme Telling the Truth. Also, four women were executed as spies -- see Shot at Dachau: Four Young Women Who Died for Their Country under the theme Women and War.


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