Monday, October 17, 2005

Guy Burgess, Captain Macnamara, J H Sharp, Tom Wylie and Edouard Pfeiffer.


In 1930s Europe, some members of the elite were not quite what they seemed.

Some were secretly fascist, some were secretly communist and some were secretly fond of schoolboys.

Extracts from: ‘The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party’ by Scott Lively and Kevin Abrams:


In Great Britain, the pro-Nazis formed the Anglo-German Fellowship (AGF). The AGF was headed by British homosexuals Guy Francis de Money Burgess and Captain John Robert Macnamara.

British Historian John Costello relates how Burgess, Macnamara and J.H. Sharp, the Church of England's Arch- deacon for Southern Europe, took a trip to Germany to attend a Hitler Youth camp.

Costello writes that in the spring of 1936, the trio set off for the Rhineland, accompanied by Macnamara's friend Tom Wylie, a young official in the War Office. Ostensibly they were escorting a group of pro-fascist schoolboys to a Hitler Youth camp.

But from Burgess' uproariously bawdy account of how his companions discovered that the Hitlerjugend satisfied their sexual and political passions, the trip would have shocked their sponsors -- the Foreign Relations Council of the Church of England (Costello: 300).

(Costello's book is 'Mask of Treachery: Spies, Lies, Buggery and Betrayal'. Costello describes Macnamara as a right-wing Conservative M.P. Burgess was a secret Communist devoted to destroying Hitler's Fascism.)

In pre-World War II France, the pro-Nazi faction was represented by the Radical-Socialist Party (RSP) and the Popular Party (PP). The Secretary-General of the RAP was Edouard Pfeiffer.

Costello writes of Guy Burgess' visit to Pfeiffer in Paris shortly before the war: As a connoisseur of homosexual decadence, Pfeiffer had few equals, even in Paris. As an officer of the French Boy-Scout movement, his private life was devoted to the seduction of youth.

Burgess discovered all this when he visited Pfeiffer's apartment in Paris and found... [him] with a naked young man... he explained to Burgess that the young man was a professional cyclist, who just happened to be a member of [homosexual] Jacques Doriot's Popular Party" (ibid. 315).

(According to Miranda Carter in 'Anthony Blunt: His Lives', Burgess found Pfeiffer was playing ping-pong and the naked boy was draped across the table instead of a net.)


From a biography of Guy Burgess:

Burgess was a BBC broadcaster, an agent in M.I.6., secretary to Deputy Foreign Minister Hector McNeil, the British Foreign Secretary.

He was a KGB agent.

Burgess seemed to know everyone, the Rothchilds, Churchill, Muggeridge, Auden, Spender, Neville Chamberlain and more. "

As war approached, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who had also been interviewed by Burgess, entrusted the BBC commentator with secret dispatches which he clandestinely delivered to French leader Edouard Daladier and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Chamberlain had hoped that these secret messages would help avert the war that Adolf Hitler so eagerly sought.



John Costello, Love Sex and War: Changing Values, 1939-45. William Collins, London, 1985.

Anthony Blunt, Kim Philby, Guy Burgess et al.

Candidates willing to serve the long-term cause of communism were recruited from the academically gifted sons of the British ruling establishment, studying at Cambridge and Oxford.

These converts to communism, such as the scholarly art historian Anthony Blunt and the wildly promiscuous Guy Burgess, who combined precocious intellects with homosexual inclinations, were suited for the task of burrowing into the British establishment.

They were aided by university colleagues like Donald Maclean and Kim Philby, who were not committed homosexuals but were no less dedicated to the Marxist cause.

The political delusion of the 1930s was that the rise of Fascism and Nazism appeared to force democratic societies into making a choice between the extreme right and the extreme left.

With the encouragement of their Russian control officers, this secret fraternity of politically 'enlightened' young high-flyers kept in touch and furthered each others' careers as they set out to scale the academic and bureaucratic fabric of Britain's 'Establishment', awaiting the call from Moscow when they were in positions of trust and influence.

The Soviet penetration strategy worked so well that by 1941, when Stalin needed to marshal Russia's military production and diplomatic sinews to stave off the German military onslaught in World War II, the Kremlin could rely on a high-level intelligence network that accurately monitored the policy-making decisions of Britain's Foreign Office, the deliberations of the State Department, and the White House itself...

Moscow had tapped the 'Ultra' secret from Britain's tightly guarded Bletchley Park code-breaking facility; had monitored the development of the atomic bomb through agents working on the Manhattan project; and, perhaps most seriously, had penetrated MI5 and MI6, the British military intelligence agencies.

This astonishing success of Blunt, Philby, and Burgess – and perhaps other 'sleepers' – was achieved not by hiring Mata Haris or sending spies on cloak-and-dagger missions, but by the skilful manipulation of a dedicated network of traitors.

One of the most insidious and successful of these wartime moles was Professor Anthony Blunt, the art historian and 'managing director' of the Cambridge homosexual spies, many of whom he had personally recruited.

In 1938 he volunteered his services to the War Office and was posted to the training school for intelligence officers a year later.

When it was noticed that he had visited the Soviet Union in 1935, he was easily able to allay suspicions about left-wing sympathies by pointing to his impeccable connections: as a second cousin of the Queen-Mother, and with his advice on paintings sought and valued by the highest in the kingdom, it was impossible to believe that Blunt was a security risk.

John Costello, Love Sex and War: Changing Values, 1939-45. William Collins, London, 1985.


Anthony Blunt: His Lives,6121,590539,00.html


1 comment:

Seán McGouran said...

The queer / commie crossover is over-egged. Most gay women and men are fairly (small-'c') conservative in their politics. I am assuming that being Left-Labour is regarded as mainstream. The more shrill blatts behave as if being 'a Socialist' were a sin against the Holy Ghost, and not a respectable, democratic preference.