September 14, 2010

WHEN British author David Baird set out to investigate Spain’s Forgotten War, which lasted from the 1940s to the early 1950s, he discovered more — much more — than he expected.
During research for his book about the anti-Franco guerrilla movement, Between Two Fires, he unearthed fascinating details about the secret world of intelligence.
“Back in World War Two, when the Allies seriously considered invading Spain, the scene in the cities of Algiers and Oran resembled that portrayed in the film “Casablanca”. They were hotbeds of spies, racketeers, smugglers, refugees and Spanish exiles planning to launch a guerrilla war in southern Spain,” notes Baird.
“At the same time scores of secret agents of various nationalities, including Germans, British and Americans, were operating within the Iberian peninsula.” Read the rest of this entry »