Mission to Tashkent

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OUP Oxford, 8 août 2002 - 314 pages
'one of the best books about secret intelligence work ever written' Peter Hopkirk.Colonel F. M. Bailey, whose extraordinary adventures are told here, was long accused by Moscow of being a British master-spy sent in 1918 to overthrow the Bolsheviks in Central Asia. As a result, he enjoyed many years after his death an almost legendary reputation there - that of half-hero, half-villain.In this remarkable book he tells of the perilous game of cat-and-mouse, lasting sixteen months, which he played with the Bolshevik secret police, the dreaded Cheka. At one point, using a false identity, he actually joined the ranks of the latter, who unsuspectingly sent him to Bokhara to arrest himself.Told with almost breathtaking understatement, Bailey's narrative - set in a region once more back in the headlines - reads like vintage Buchan.
 

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Don't you hate it when you infiltrate the enemies spy service and then they send you to find and arrest yourself? Well that really happened to this British diplomat who spent a significant amount of ... Consulter l'avis complet

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A stirring tale of boys own courage from a different age. Particular amusing when he is recruited by the Cheka to search for himself. Remarkable be died only forty years ago. Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Introduction
7
Persia to Kashgar
13
Kashgar to Tashkent
26
Tashkent
32
Conditions in Tashkent
48
Alone
58
Arrested
69
I Disappear
82
Back to the Mountains
177
Tashkent Affairs
192
To Kagan
209
On to Bokhara
231
Bokhara
241
Plans for Departure
252
In the Desert
260
Across the Murghab
273

To the Mountains
93
The Beefarm
103
In Troitskoe
113
Return to Tashkent
125
Tashkent Again
133
Local Bolshevism
142
Spring Activities
156
Summer Difficulties
167
Frontier Skirmish
279
Safe in Meshed
287
Appendix
295
Epilogue
304
MAPS
307
Index
311
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Frederick Bailey was a British explorer and secret agent, considered by many to be the last true player in the Great Game. In 1904, as a Tibetan-speaking subaltern, he had ridden into the forbidden city of Lhasa as a member of a team to investigate reports of a Russian presence there. Later, his
travels in Tibet and China earned him the highly prized gold explorer's medal of the Royal Geographical Society. Between 1905 and 1909 he served as a British Trade Agent--really a cover for political intelligence work--at Gyantse in southern Tibet. Later he accompanied a British punitive expedition
into northern Assam as its intelligence officer, and was awarded the coveted MacGregor Medal for explorations contributing to the defence of India. During the First World War he was posted as an intelligence officer to Shushtar in Persia, and in 1918 returned to India to undertake the secret
mission into Central Asia which is the subject of this book.

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