Miguel Piernavieja del Pozo

Miguel Piernavieja del Pozo

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Piernavieja and the second or maternal family name is del Pozo.
Miguel Piernavieja del Pozo (21 May 1916 – 8 June 1983)[1] was a Spanish spy for Nazi Germany, operating in Britain during the Second World War. He was quickly spotted by the British security services who gave him the codename “Pogo” and used one of their double-agents to feed him disinformation which was relayed to the Germans.


1 Spanish Civil War
2 Spying in Britain
3 War service
4 Selected publications
5 References
6 External links

Spanish Civil War[edit]
Born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on 21 May 1916,[1] Piernavieja del Pozo was a Falangist who had worked for Franco during the Spanish Civil War.[2][3]
Spying in Britain[edit]
In 1940,[4] the British Embassy in Madrid, with the personal recommendation of British ambassador Samuel Hoare, arranged for Piernavieja del Pozo to travel to Britain as an observer for a Madrid-based study group.[5][6] He arrived in Britain on 29 September 1940.[2][7] Piernavieja del Pozo was contacted by Gwylm Williams, who had tried to work for the Germans in 1939 but had been recruited as a double-agent by MI5 instead.[8][9] Williams posed as an ardent Welsh nationalist and Piernavieja del Pozo gave him £3900 (a sum more than 10x the average annual wage[10]) in a talcum-powder tin and asked him to obtain information on the Welsh nationalist movement and on factories making munitions in the west of England. According to Williams, Pozo had asked him to make plans for sabotage.[2]
War service[edit]
Piernavieja del Pozo was awarded the Iron Cross for his military service in the Division Azul on the Eastern Front.[8] He returned to Spain in January 1941.[7]
Selected publications[edit]

El Deporte en la Literatura Latina. Madrid, 1960.


^ a b Real Academia de la Historia. Diccionario Biográfico Español. Retrieved 10 January 2015. Santa Cruz de Tenerife 21.V.1916 – Madrid 8.VI.1983 
^ a b c Burns, Jimmy (2011). Papa Spy: A True Story of Love, Wartime Espionage in Madrid, and the Treachery of the Cambridge Spies. London: Bloomsbury. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-4088-2773-4. 
^ Oppenheimer, Walter (1 November 2009). “Anacletos de Franco”. El País. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
^ “MI5 found dissolute Spaniard all too easy to deceive.” David Sanderson, The Times, 24 October 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2015. (