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In The Shadows book launch speech.

By Lord Ashcroft

Speech made on 15 November 2022.

Watch the speech Lord Ashcroft made at the official launch of his latest book, In The Shadows: The extraordinary men and women of the Intelligence Corps, in London on 15 November 2022.

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The heroines who outfoxed our most deadly foes: The undercover ‘laundry woman’ who spied on the IRA, the corporal who waged psychological warfare on the Taliban.

By Lord Ashcroft

Serialisation in The Daily Mail on 07 November 2022.

For more than a century, men and women in the British Army’s most secretive section, the Intelligence Corps, have pulled off exceptional feats across the world.

But the clandestine nature of their operations means they often don’t get the recognition they deserve. (more…)

The note left for Nazi high command that epitomises the sheer audacity of Britain’s unsung Intelligence Corps

By Lord Ashcroft

Serialisation in The Mail On Sunday on 06 November 2022.

In an abridged extract from In The Shadows, author and historian LORD ASHCROFT chronicles the British Army’s most secretive section.

They operate in the shadows, the men and women of the British Army’s most secretive section, the Intelligence Corps.

For more than a century, they have brought their very distinctive type of courage, judgment, skill and resourcefulness to pull off exceptional feats all over the world on their country’s behalf – yet, because of the clandestine nature of their work, doing so often without the recognition they deserve. (more…)

See the November issue of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

By Lord Ashcroft

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest “hero of the month” article published in Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.

The November issue of the magazine has four pages on the life and career of Staff Sergeant Peter Herlick Rene Naya MM, who showed outstanding bravery during the Falklands War of 1982. (more…)

New Book by Michael Ashcroft ‘In the Shadows: The extraordinary men and women of the Intelligence Corps’

By Lord Ashcroft

IN THE SHADOWS
The extraordinary men and women of the Intelligence Corps

The new book by Michael Ashcroft, with a Foreword by Lord Hague of Richmond.

Publication date: 8th November 2022
Price: £25 hardback

 

PRE-ORDER NOW FROM BITEBACK OR AMAZON.

 

The Intelligence Corps is one of the smallest and most secretive elements of the British Army. It has existed in various guises since the early twentieth century, but it was only formally constituted in July 1940. In this book, Michael Ashcroft tells the astonishing stories of some of its most courageous and ingenious figures, who have operated all over the world from the First World War to the present day.

Whether carrying out surveillance work on the street, monitoring and analysing communications, working on overseas stakeouts, receiving classified information from a well-placed contact or interrogating the enemy in the heat of war, a hugely diverse range of people have served in the Corps, often supplementing their individual professional skills with original thinking and leadership in the name of the Crown. This book pays tribute to them and shows why, in the words of the 1st Duke of Marlborough, ‘No war can be conducted successfully without early and good intelligence.’

Lord Ashcroft is donating all author’s royalties from In the Shadows to military charities.

PRAISE FOR IN THE SHADOWS

“Every story in this book is a gripping individual drama, reminding us that many Intelligence Corps operators have risked and, in some cases, lost their lives in pursuit of a mission. Taken together, these accounts combine to portray a remarkable organisation.”
Lord Hague of Richmond, from the Foreword to In the Shadows.

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See the October issue of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new gallantry article

By Lord Ashcroft

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest “hero of the month” article published in Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.

The October issue of the magazine has four pages on the life and career of Fight Lieutenant Michal Maciejowski DFC, DFM, one of many Polish servicemen who fought with the Allies to try to regain their homeland during the Second World War.

Maciejowski was one of the scores of brave Poles who served in the RAF, having been forced to flee their homeland in late 1939, after his country was invaded by Germany. (more…)

The teenage Private once awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery

By Lord Ashcroft

Published in The Mail On Sunday on 25 September 2022.

LORD ASHCROFT shares the full story of the short yet remarkable life of a baby-faced soldier who died saving his company’s ‘father-figure’ commander in the Great War

  • Park in Tottington, Bury will be renamed in honour of Private George Peachment
  • Pte Peachment was the youngest servicemen to be awarded Victoria Cross at 18
  • A giant mural depicting him and his mother, Mary, and VC will also be unveiled
  • The baby-faced soldier died more than a century ago during First World War

At 2pm today, Padre Hugh Bearn will preside over a service to commemorate a courageous baby-faced soldier who died more than a century ago. The event in Bury, Lancashire, will also bring to a close his long campaign to right a wrong. (more…)

See the September issue of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

By Lord Ashcroft

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest “hero of the month” article published in Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.
The September issue of the magazine has four pages on the life and career of Captain Charles Upham VC and Bar, the only combat soldier ever to be awarded two Victoria Crosses.
Upham, who was born and raised in New Zealand, showed incredible and relentless bravery for much of the Second World War having enlisted into the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

He was awarded his first VC for outstanding bravery in the defence of Crete in 1941, initially leading a counter-attack on an airfield that Germany had captured and later completing a series of courageous actions. (more…)

See the August issue of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

By Lord Ashcroft

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest “hero of the month” article published in Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.

The August issue of the magazine has four pages on the life and career of Staff Sergeant Olaf “Oz” Schmid GC, who showed outstanding bravery as a bomb disposal expert in Afghanistan in 2009 – a tour of duty that eventually cost him his life. (more…)

The daring British Major butchered by the Nazis – and why a tiny French village will never forget the ultimate sacrifice he made for their freedom

By Lord Ashcroft

Published in The Mail On Sunday on 24 July 2022.

Major Colin Ogden-Smith volunteered for a group known as the Jedburghs

Small Breton community in France still holds a special service every other year 

The service will commemorate the gallantry of the British Special Forces office

At 11am next Saturday, in the heart of the French countryside, up to 100 people will attend a moving ceremony.

The event is to remember the lives of three men who died as a result of a daring wartime mission behind enemy lines nearly 80 years ago. (more…)