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Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes An intelligence agency ignored its own government and ordered an assassination. No, not in Pakistan…. On July 23, 1914, Austrian diplomat Baron Giesl von Gieslingen delivered an ultimatum to the government of Serbia. In response … Read the rest

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On June 10, 1940, Italy declared war on Great Britain. At the time, Great Britain lacked the resources to invade Italy, and Italy had no intention of invading Great Britain. However, the two enemies, along … Read the rest

Bayard & Holmes ~  Jay Holmes DOUBLE CROSS, by writer-at-large and associate editor of the Times of London Ben MacIntyre, addresses one of the more complex and important intelligence operations of World War Two. It explains how the UK’s MI-5 … Read the rest

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes When the crucible of reality proves political ideals to be harmful to the people, political leaders have two choices: they can own up to the issues, or they can suppress evidence … Read the rest

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes Conventional history widely attributes the cause of WWI to be the assassination of Crown Prince Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Serbian Gavrilo Princip. While the Archduke’s murder was the excuse … Read the rest

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding and some of “The Few,” image by UK Government, public domain I like Brits. In this barbaric, uncivilized world, most of them are decent and civil. Also, although … Read the rest

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes If you ask historians to name the worst Intelligence failure in US history, many will name the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. I will depart from that conventional wisdom. Pearl Harbor was, … Read the rest

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes In previous articles, we examined the intelligence failures around Operation Barbarossa, the 1941 German invasion of the USSR, from both the German and the Soviet points of view. An important side of the equation … Read the rest

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Prostitution may be the oldest profession, but spying is the second oldest. While no one knows when the first intelligence operative conveyed information to his government, historians can safely agree that spying dates as … Read the rest

By Jay Holmes Every year at Halloween, Bayard & Holmes honor one of the unsung heroes of the intelligence community with our Annual Love-A-Spook Day. This year, we recognize British spook Eric Arthur Roberts, an “untalented” bank clerk in the UK … Read the rest

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