MB Reed

Author and mathematician


Footnotes for Chapters 7-8

Chapter 7: Rescue

  1. Goonhilly Downs: Site in Cornwall of the UK’s first satellite communications station, built in 1962, it received images from the USA, including the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, via the Telstar satellite.

  2. Dolphin Square: A large riverside complex of flats in Pimlico, with a history of scandals. Residents have included the 1930’s Fascist leader Oswald Mosley being a neighbour of MI5 spymaster Maxwell Knight (who recruited Ian Fleming there), Charles de Gaulle’s government in exile during the War, Soviet spy John Vassall, the Profumo scandal’s Christine Keeler and Princess Anne. BBC news story. It was also the alleged site of a paedophile sex ring involving MPs and Establishment figures. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is investigating, including “claims by retired police officers that they were ‘warned off’ investigating possible cases of child sexual abuse committed by senior politicians in the 1960s, 70s and 80s” Guardian report.

  3. To bugger up one’s first operation…: based on a line in The Importance of Being Earnest.

  4. My father was Secretary of State for India: Samuel Hoare, 1st Viscount Templewood held this post 1931-1935. He assured Gandhi that Britain would grant eventual self-government to India, though this was opposed by Churchill.

  5. This box of tricks is called a VCR: The Philips N1500 was the UK’s first domestic video recorder. It was first sold in the UK in 1972.

  6. A family of ducks: See photos in Vintage Everyday.

  7. The 1971 Eurovision Song Contest was held in the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin on 3rd April.

  8. Arthur Scargill led an unofficial strike by miners in 1969, and an official NUM strike in 1972.

  9. until his face was pressed against the tarmac. And then he kissed it: A gesture copied by Pope John Paul II on his arrival at Gatwick in May 1982.

  10. Beauftragte des Fuhrers…: The titles are taken from the 1943 edition of the Almanach de Gotha.

  11. Tarnopol was a city in Eastern Poland, invaded by the Soviets in 1939 and by the Nazis in 1941. It is now Ternopil in Ukraine.

  12. A detailed account of Churchill’s failures is in the biography by Clive Ponting.

  13. For a ‘forbidden history’ of Hess’s 1941 flight and the role of the Duke of Kent, see Double Standards by Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince and Stephen Prior (Sphere 2002).

Chapter 8: Kurt

  1. The Kaiser Wilhelm Institutes were renamed Max Planck Institutes after the War.

  2. Werner Heisenberg was a key pioneer of quantum mechanics. He was a principal scientist on the Nazi nuclear weapon project. See Wikipedia entry.

  3. Heisenberg visited Tagore in India in 1929. Their discussions are described by Fritjof Capra, whose book The Tao of Physics contains the quote from Lama Govinda.

  4. The Black Friar is a London pub with a unique art nouveau interior. It was almost knocked down in the 1960’s.

  5. Remote viewing is the practice of seeking impressions about a distant or unseen target, purportedly using extrasensory perception (ESP) or “sensing” with the mind. In the early 1970s, studies of remote viewing were performed at the Electronics and Bioengineering Laboratory at Stanford Research Institute. See Wikipedia entry. RV also formed part of the 1991 secret Stargate Project, featured in the 2004 book and 2009 film, both titled The Men Who Stare at Goats.

  6. Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax was Foreign Secretary in May 1940 when Chamberlain resigned. He declined to post of Prime minister, allowing Churchill to become PM. A few weeks later, with the Allies facing apparently catastrophic defeat and British forces falling back to Dunkirk, Halifax favoured approaching Italy to see if acceptable peace terms could be negotiated. He was overruled by Churchill after a series of stormy meetings of the War Cabinet. From 1941 to 1946, he served as British Ambassador in Washington. See Wikipedia entry.

  7. The Black and White Minstrel Show was one of the BBC’s most popular entertainment shows. It was finally ended in 1978. Here’s what the BBC says about it now.

  8. The Angry Brigade was ‘Britain’s Baader Meinhof group’, a far-left guerrilla group responsible for 25 bomb attacks between March 1968 and May 1971. In January 1971 the target was the home of Robert Carr, a Tory cabinet minister. See New Statesman article.

  9. The more well-known Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF) was led by Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof. Meinhof was involved in Baader’s escape from jail in 1970. See Wikipedia entry.