Spy Web: International Espionage (1999): S02E11 – US Naval Intelligence

Introduction A 1999 history documentary series about spying and intelligence-gathering hosted by Stan Watt. Outline The US’s longest surviving intelligence service was created in 1882. One of its most prominent divisions was the American Photographic Interpretation Centre created in 1941 to train and support fleet photographers. It played an active role in the Cold War… Read More

Spy Web: International Espionage (1999): S02E10 – French Intelligence

Introduction A 1999 history documentary series about spying and intelligence-gathering hosted by Stan Watt. Outline Already in position at the beginning of the 20th Century the French had a sophisticated intelligence network which was actively useful during World War I and which went on to confront the Bolsheviks during the inter War years. It continued… Read More

Spy Web: International Espionage (1999): S02E09 – Japanese Intelligence

Introduction A 1999 history documentary series about spying and intelligence-gathering hosted by Stan Watt. Outline Japan’s traditional fascination with the West led at the beginning of the 20th century to the foundation of an elaborate spying network based on the need for military intelligence. Historically its enemies were China and Russia but by the 1920’s… Read More

Spy Web: International Espionage (1999): S02E08 – Spy Ships and Submarines

Introduction A 1999 history documentary series about spying and intelligence-gathering hosted by Stan Watt. Outline Throughout the Twentieth Century in all the major conflicts both sides have operated intelligence collection ships. In World War II the warships of many navies began carrying high-frequency, direction-finding equipment and subsequently electronic intelligence collection equipment. But there have been… Read More

Spy Web: International Espionage (1999): S02E07 – The GRU

Introduction A 1999 history documentary series about spying and intelligence-gathering hosted by Stan Watt. Outline Sometimes referred to as the ‘Fourth Department, Russian military intelligence’, it was created in 1918 and produced a network of spies which operated worldwide through the Stalinist era, World War II and still employs 100,000. The GRU also controls Russia’s… Read More

Spy Web: International Espionage (1999): S02E06 – US Air Force Intelligence

Introduction A 1999 history documentary series about spying and intelligence-gathering hosted by Stan Watt. Outline From its early beginnings with General John J Pershing and his Mexican expedition of 1916, the US Air Intelligence arm has a fascinating history, spanning both World Wars. It is now the world leader in the collection and analysis of… Read More

Spy Web: International Espionage (1999): S02E05 – US Army Intelligence

Introduction A 1999 history documentary series about spying and intelligence-gathering hosted by Stan Watt. Outline This organisation traces its roots back to 1776 and the spying service set up by George Washington. Since then the service has distinguished itself throughout the Twentieth Century, with exciting stories of intelligence gathering in both World Wars and during… Read More

Spy Web: International Espionage (1999): S02E04 – Secret Air Operations

Introduction A 1999 history documentary series about spying and intelligence-gathering hosted by Stan Watt. Outline Aircraft were first used to drop agents behind enemy lines during World War I. The skills of the first pioneers were rediscovered twenty years later when Britain had to find ways of supporting Resistance throughout Nazi-occupied Europe. Agents were flown… Read More

Spy Web: International Espionage (1999): S02E03 – Early Russian Intelligence

Introduction A 1999 history documentary series about spying and intelligence-gathering hosted by Stan Watt. Outline The Cheka was the infamous Bolshevik organisation which took control of Russia as Lenin’s feared secret police. It was licensed to carry out executions and was responsible for the ‘Red Terror’ from September 1918. Its brutality knew no bounds and… Read More