The Link

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The Link was established in July 1937 as an 'independent non-party organisation to promote Anglo-German friendship'.


It generally operated as a cultural organisation, although its journal, the Anglo-German Review reflecting the pro-National Socialist views of Admiral Sir Barry Domvile, and particularly in London it attracted a number of anti-semites and pro-National Socialists. At its height the membership numbered around 4,300.

The organisation was investigated by Maxwell Knight, head of counter-subversion in MI5 and future role model for James Bond's boss M. The Link closed on September 4, 1939 shortly after the start of World War II.

Admiral Sir Barry Domvile was interned in 1940 as someone who might "endanger the safety of the realm".

According to The Man Who Was M: The Life of Charles Henry Maxwell Knight by Anthony Masters, a deceptive Link was allegedly resurrected in 1940 by Ian Fleming, then working in the Department of Naval Intelligence, in order to successfully lure Rudolf Hess (deputy party leader and third in leadership of Germany, after Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring) to Britain in May 1941.

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