The London Cage

Title:                      The London Cage

Author:                  A. P. Scotland

Scotland, A. P. (1959). The London Cage. London, Landsborough Publications

LCCN:    60043973

UB251.G7 S3 1959


Date Updated:  October 13, 2016

Reviewed by George C. Constantinides[1]

Scotland headed the British prisoner-of-war interrogation system in World War II. Later, he was chief of the War Crimes Investigative Unit, which was tasked with pretrial interrogations of accused and production of evidence against those to be tried. Half this volume is on his latter work. For those interested in interrogating methods used to acquire intelligence from prisoners of war and hoping to learn details of what intelligence was acquired, this will prove disappointing; Scotland does not delve into these matters. The fact that he had experience in interrogation in World War I makes the disappointment greater. As if that were not enough, Scotland states he spent fifty years in intelligence but covers only the periods 1904-1915, 1915-1918, 1940-1945, and the war crimes trials years. He informs that he was recruited into British intelligence in 1904 to report on the Germans in Southwest Africa; during World War I he served in general headquarters as an intelligence expert on Germans and the German army. About the interwar years he says nothing directly but implies he was not officially involved in intelligence work. Scotland does clarify one matter, the subject of all sorts of apocryphal stories for years-the myth of the British intelligence penetration into the German General Staff in World War II. He explains that the story resulted from the disclosure at the war crimes trials that he had once served in the German army. Whitehall sent orders that he was not to comment on the resultant publicity and stories that he had been an agent in the German staff. Scotland actually served in the German army in Africa between 1904 and 1907; Whitehall’s instruction to “let the story rip” was apparently designed to let British intelligence benefit from the myth.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[2]

The author, a British intelligence officer who penetrated the German general staff during World War II, recounts his experiences in a traditionally low-key British manner, The title derives from the name given the mansion in Kensington Gardens, London, where Lieutenant Colonel Scotland had his offices. Includes a thoughtful final chapter, “The Future of ‘The Secret Service’.”

[1] Constantinides, George C. (1983). Intelligence and Espionage: An Analytical Bibliography. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, pp. 401-402

[2] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 157


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