MY ADVENTURES AS A SPY - By LIEUT GEN SIR ROBERT BADEN-POWELL
MY ADVENTURES AS A SPYIllustrated by the Author's Own Sketches
LIEUT. GEN. SIR ROBERT BADEN-POWELL
Who was Sir Robert Baden-Powel?
The founder of the Boy Scout movement, Baden-Powell was born in Paddington in London in 1857. He was the sixth of eight sons among ten children of a Savilian professor of geometry at Oxford University. In 1876, Baden-Powell joined the 13th Hussars in India. In 1895, he held special service in Africa and returned to India in 1897 to command the 5th Dragoon Guards.
Baden-Powell enhanced and honed his Scouting skills amidst the Zulu tribesmen in the early 1880s in the Natal province of South Africa. His skills impressed his superiors and he was soon transferred to the British secret service.
As a spy for the British secret service Powel frequently traveled disguised as a butterfly collector, incorporating plans of military installations into his drawings of butterfly wings. He then led a successful campaign in Ashanti, Africa, and at the age of 40 was promoted to lead the 5th Dragoon Guards in 1897.
The youngest colonel in the British army, Powel was responsible for the organization of a force of frontiersmen to assist the regular army. Whilst arranging this, he was trapped in the Siege of Mafeking, and surrounded by a Boer army of in excess of 8,000 men. Although wholly outnumbered, the garrison withstood the siege for 217 days. Much of this is attributable to some of the cunning military deceptions instituted at Baden-Powell's behest as commander.
This eBook contains a first hand account of Baden-Powell's adventures as a spy and respected leader of military forces. The book features many of Baden-Powell's reconnaissance maps and diagrams, which were cunningly disguised as etchings of local plants and insects.
~Illustrated by the Author's Own Sketches ~
1. DIFFERENT DEGREES OF SPIES
2. GERMAN PLANS FOR INVADING ENGLAND
3. JAN GROOTBOOM, MY NATIVE SPY
4. SECRET MESSAGES AND HOW CARRIED
5. SPY SIGNS
6. SECRET PLANS OF FORTRESSES
7. "BUTTERFLY HUNTING" IN DALMATIA
8. HOW SPIES DISGUISE THEMSELVES
9. EXPLORING A FOREIGN DOCKYARD
10. SPYING ON MOUNTAIN TROOPS
11. MORE MOUNTAIN SPYING
12. FOOLING A GERMAN SENTRY
13. A SPY IS SUSPICIOUS
14. HOODWINKING A TURKISH SENTRY
15. TEA AND A TURK
16. WATCHING THE BOSNIANS
17. ENCOUNTER WITH FOREIGN POLICE
18. CAUGHT AT LAST
19. THE ESCAPE
This eBook is a must read for anyone interested in the history of military espionage, and strategy and behind enemy lines survival techniques.