By Sidney Reilly
In September 1925, Sidney Reilly journeyed around the Russian frontier on a project to overthrow the Bolsheviks and repair the Czar. He vanished with out a hint. The situations surrounding his demise stay a mystery.
This vintage autobiography unearths the fascinating adventures and exploits of the fellow broadly credited as being the unique twentieth-century super-spy, concept for Ian Fleming's James Bond.
Sidney Reilly, the so-called Ace of Spies, was once a womanizing British undercover agent who claimed to be Irish yet used to be in truth Russian. presented the army pass for his bold operations, he met his dying in Russia in 1925 after a sting operation via the Soviet mystery Service.
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Latvia was in the hands of the Germans. The Letts were the only soldiers in Moscow. Whoever controlled the Letts controlled the capital. The Letts were not Bolsheviks; they were Bolshevik servants because they had no other resort. They were foreign hirelings. Foreign hirelings serve for money. They are at the disposal of the highest bidder. If I could buy the Letts my task would be easy. Meantime it was necessary for me to travel to Petrograd fairly often, both to carry the dispatches which Colonel Friede brought and to confer with my friends in that city.
I was instructed to proceed to Russia without delay. The progress of affairs in that part of the world was filling the Allies with consternation. Following the breakdown of Kerenski’s abortive administration and the accession of the Bolsheviks to power, Russia had ceased hostilities against Germany. Germany, relieved of all apprehension in the East, was attacking on the West with reinforced troops and redoubled ardour. Of course the part played by Germany in the Russian breakdown was well known and my instructions were to counter, as far as possible, the work being done by the German agents, and to report on the general feeling in the Russian capital.
As soon as affairs in the city were sufficiently quiet – a matter of a very few days – an army was to march off to co-operate with General Savinkoff against the Red forces which still were in the field against him. Another force would be dispatched to Petrograd where a simultaneous rising was to take place and Uritzsky, the head of the Tcheka, to be arrested. The scheme sounds fanciful enough, but our organisation was now immensely strong, the Letts were on our side, and the people would be with us as soon as the first blow was struck.
Adventures of a British Master Spy: The Memoirs of Sydney Reilly by Sidney Reilly