Lambasted by the Soviets as a 'spy school', the Joint Services School for Linguists (JSSL) was a major Cold War initiative, which pushed 5000 young National Servicemen through intensive training as Russian translators and interpreters, primarily to meet the needs of Britain's signals intelligence operations. This title reveals this story.
Geoffrey Elliott is a retired investment banker and an Honorary Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. He is the author of I Spy: The Secret Life of a British Agent. Harold Shukman retired recently as University Lecturer in Modern Russian History at Oxford. His books include biographies of Lenin, Stalin and Rasputin and translations of the plays of Evgeny Shvarts and Isaac Babel.