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The circus provides perfect cover for espionage

As he flew his plane between circus acts across Germany in the 1930s, Cyril Bertram Mills gained vital aerial intelligence about the Nazis’ rearmament programme

27 April 2024

9:00 AM

27 April 2024

9:00 AM

The Spy Who Came in From the Circus: The Secret Life of Cyril Bertram Mills Christopher Andrew

Biteback, pp.384, 20

The hall was before me like a gigantic shell, packed with thousands and thousands of people. Even the arena was densely crowded. More than 5,600 tickets had been sold.

Cyril Bertram Mills started his circus career accompanying his father to European horse fairs in the 1920s. The two of them were soon familiar faces on the German circus scene, travelling between shows to recruit acts for London.

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