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The Young Kim PhilbySoviet Spy and British Intelligence Officer$
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Edward Harrison

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780859898676

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859898676.001.0001

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Special Correspondent on the Western Front

Special Correspondent on the Western Front

(p.66) 5 Special Correspondent on the Western Front
The Young Kim Philby

Edward Harrison

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Kim Philby's stint as a war correspondent of The Times in October 1939 with the British Expeditionary Force to France, after Adolf Hitler's invasion of Poland sparked World War II. It begins by considering how Philby's commitment to the Soviet Union as his secret employer was put to severe test by the Nazi–Soviet Pact of August 1939. The chapter then looks at the ‘Phoney War’ of late 1939 and early 1940 that provided Philby and his colleagues with little to write about due to censorship. It also analyses how Philby communicated to his readers what was going on during the war, mainly through his accounts of Germany's attacks in the west. Finally, the chapter discusses Philby's determined effort to resume his relationship with Soviet intelligence.

Keywords:   war correspondent, Kim Philby, Times, British Expeditionary Force, France, Poland, World War II, Soviet Union, Germany, intelligence

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