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Allan Foote (1905-1957)Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Allan Foote (1905-1957)

Description: Allan Foote (Allan Alexander Foote; April 13, 1905-August 1, 1957), shown in 1950, British-born radio operator for a Soviet spy ring (Lucy) operating in Switzerland during WWII, which was led by Sandor Rado (AKA: Alexander Rado; November 5, 1899-August 20, 1981) and Rudolf Roessler (AKA: Lucy; November 22, 1897-December 11, 1958). Foote, who was born in Yorkshire, England, had fought on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Following that war, he volunteered to work with the Red Orchestra (Die Rote Kapelle), which consisted of Soviet-controlled spy rings operating within Nazi-occupied Europe. He worked closely with and received information from Ursula Kuczynski (Ruth Werner; Ursula Beurton; Ursula Hamburger; Code Name: Sonja; Sonia; May 15, 1907-July 7, 2000), a top Soviet operative, sending her information in coded messages to Soviet spymasters in Russia by radio from Switzerland. He was arrested in Switzerland on November 20, 1943 by Swiss police, and was imprisoned, along with most of those caught in his spy ring. Following the war, he fled to the Eastern Bloc, but returned to the West and published his spy memoirs, which were dubious. He was thought to be a double agent for MI6 (SIS), particularly when his escape from Soviet-controlled East Germany was facilitated by MI6 and because he found a quick and safe asylum in his native England with no questions asked. He may have been providing to British Intelligence all the information he had also sent to the Soviets throughout WWII.

Category: Intelligence

Keywords: Allan Foote, Red Orchestra, Spanish Civil War, Alexander Rado, Rudolf Roessler, Ursula Kuczynski, Lucy spy ring, Soviet intelligence, East Germany, Great Britain, United Kingdom, England, MI6, SIS, British Intelligence, spies, radio operators, coded messages, spying, espionage, spy rings, spy networks, spy organizations, Die Rote Kapelle, Soviet Intelligence, WWII, World War II, Second World War, double agents

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 1740 x 2266 (3.94 MPixels) (1.30)

Print Size: 14.7 x 19.2 cm; 5.8 x 7.6 inches

File Size: 11.31 MB (11,863,490 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004616

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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