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The Link was a British pro-German organisation founded in 1937 by Admiral Sir Barry Domvile (also a member of the Anglo-German Fellowship).

The Link was established as an 'independent non-party organisation to promote Anglo-German friendship'. It generally operated as a cultural organisation, although it's journal, the Anglo-German Review reflected the pro-Nazi views of Domville, and particularly in London it attracted a number of anti-semites and pro-Nazis. At it's 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 organisation closed shortly after the start of World War II in 1939.

The Link was 'resurected' 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.

Domvill was interned in 1940 as someone who might "endanger the safety of the realm".



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