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Saturday at M.I.9. signed by Airey Naeve second edition 1969

Saturday at M.I.9. signed by Airey Naeve second edition 1969


NAEVE, Airey 

Saturday at M.I.9. A History of Underground Escape Lines in North-West Europe in 1940-5, by a leading organiser at M.I.9 

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1969


8vo., black publisher’s boards, lettered in bright red along the backstrip; endpaper maps showing France during German Occupation; in the unclipped dust wrapper (45s.) designed by Peter Rivers; pp. [v], 6-327, [i]; several full-page maps and glossy black and white photographs throughout; boards a little mottled, with light spotting to edges; endpapers lightly offset, a couple of spots of toning to the prelims; in the very good dust wrapper which is lightly toned and creased/nicked to edges; a very good copy. 


First edition, second impression. This copy signed both by the author (in blue ink, beneath his name to title), and below by the Langleys, Peggy and Jimmy, in blue biro. A newspaper clipping from August 2000, featuring an obituary of Peggy Langley, is also loosely inserted.  


Airey Neave was a British Soldier, MP and Lawyer who, during the Second World War, was the first prisoner to escape from the infamous Colditz Castle. Later, he worked for MI9, a secret department of the War Office who assisted with the escape of POW, as well as helping Allied military personnel, especially downed airmen, evade capture after they were shot down or trapped behind enemy lines. After the war, Neave became the trusted aide of Margaret Thatcher, first as her campaign manager and later, when she was elected as leader in 1975, becoming head of her private office. In 1979, he was assassinated by the IRA. 


Peggy Langley was a guide for the Comet Line, a resistance organisation which helped allied airmen shot down over Belgium evade capture by Germans. Her husband, James Langley, was also recruited by MI6 after serving in the British Expeditionary Force. After losing an arm at the battle of Dunkirk, he served as a liaison officer between MI6 and MI9, mostly helping with the escape and evasion of personnel back to the UK. 


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