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Catching a German Spy in the Act: A British Provost-Marshal Discovering an Enemy Agent Signalling from a French House

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In spite of every imaginable precaution, German spies continue to abound in France. They are met with in all sorts of disguises. Simple-looking peasants working in the fields, sham priests, Germans dressed as Sisters of Charity, or as hospital nurses and attendants, spies elaborately got up in British or French military uniforms, and travelling from point to point in motor-cars, provided with passes in proper form, and posing as officers and speaking either language with perfect fluency-the graves of scores of these taken red-handed and shot on the spot, or after field court-martial, are pointed out at one place or another all over the seat of war.

At the front, in addition, many have been caught while signalling with flashhghts from lonesome country houses or f.-:’ buildings, from up trees, or by means of concealed telephone-wires. Not a few have been surprised signalling at night with lamps from the windows of houses, exactly as is seen in the illustration above, where a British Provost-Marshal, in charge of military police in a French town, is seen, with one of his men, in the act of surprising a German spy and his female accomplice, silencing the woman and pouncing on the man.


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Issue 3974. - Vol CXLVI

Jun, 19 1915

Illustrated London News