To report an imminent threat call 999 or ring the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321
Current national threat level: SEVERE Read more about threat levels >>

DOCUMENTS FROM THE LODY CASE

Carl Hans Lody

The following images present a selection of documents from the case of Carl Hans Lody, a German spy who was caught and executed at the start of World War I. They are among declassified files held by the National Archives at Kew, London, and can be viewed by any person with a free National Archives pass. The documents presented here are part of the file DPP 1/29 ("LODY, C H Offence: defence of the Realm Regulations").


Letter sent by Lody on 14 September 1914

Letter sent by Lody on 14 September 1914. The message reads: "Enclosed cutting from the Edinburgh The News of the World. Typical for the English way of causing ill-feeling and at the same time characteristic of the perfect ignorance of journalists in this country regarding the difference between military weapons and military tools. But this does not make any difference - the people here believe everything. Yours truly, Nazi."


Lody's American passport in the name of "Charles A. Inglis"

Lody's American passport in the name of "Charles A. Inglis"


Envelopes sent by Lody from Edinburgh, 26 September 1914

Envelopes sent by Lody from Edinburgh, 26 September 1914. The first envelope was sent to a cover address in Sweden; the second envelope, which enclosed the letter, was concealed inside the first and was addressed to Lody's controllers in Berlin.


The documents presented here are the copyright of The National Archives. 

Fact or Fiction?
MI5 isn't allowed to monitor the private lives of public figures.

True False

Latest News

view ALL News

September 2019 release of historical MI5 files

MI5 has released a new batch of historical files to The National Archives, where they are now available to view. The...

Read Full Article ›

MI5 supports National Inclusion Week

For the fourth year in a row, MI5 is joining in with celebrations of National Inclusion Week.

Read Full Article ›