Dr Claire M. Hubbard-Hall

Programme Leader in Military History & Postgraduate Study


Dr Claire Hubbard-Hall specialises in Second World War Intelligence History with a particular focus on the forgotten voices of women. Her interest in the secret world began with her doctoral research on secret agents employed by the Nazis’ infamous state secret police, the Gestapo.

Claire’s research interests also include dress and disguise, and secret gadgetry. Her fascination with intricate espionage operations, ingenious but deadly traitors and the complex system of coded wartime communication can be found within her teaching at BGU.

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Military History

MA in Social & Cultural History


  • The Secret State: The History of Modern Espionage
  • The Secret War: British Intelligence during the Second World War
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision
  • Social & Cultural History: Introduction, Approaches and Methods
  • Doctoral supervision

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Dr Claire Hubbard-Hall is currently working on several collaborative Second World War projects which include wives of secret agents, agent wellbeing and resilience, and the under-researched topic of dress, disguise and deception.

Claire has also recently been awarded a Franklin research grant by the American Philosophical Society to commence research on her project ‘Sworn to Secrecy: Veteran Recollections of the Secret War’ which explores the ways in which Allied Intelligence maintained secrecy during and after the Second World War, examining how former intelligence practitioners narrate and make sense of their experiences


Hitler’s Secret Agents: The Gestapo Spy Network, 1933-45

Book Chapters

2010, ‘A Game of Cat and Mouse: The Gestapo Spy Network in Tomaschow, Poland’ in Shepherd, B and Pattinson, J (eds.) War in a Twilight World: Partisan and Anti-partisan Warfare in Eastern Europe, 1939-1945. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.156-177.

2010, ‘Where does “Evil” sit in the Classroom? Problematizing Teaching about Hitler, Nasty Nazis and the Holocaust’ in Abbenhuis, M and Buttsworth, S (eds.) Monsters in the Mirror: Representations of Nazism in Post-War Popular Culture, Westport CT: Praeger, pp.227-250.

Journal Articles

2020, [co-authored with Adrian O’Sullivan] ‘Landscapes of Intelligence in the Third Reich: Visualising Abwehr Operations during the Second World War’, Journal of Intelligence History. https://doi.org/10.1080/161612...

2019, [co-authored with Adrian O’Sullivan] ‘Wives of Secret Agents: Spyscapes of the Second World War and Female Agency’, International Journal of Military History and Historiography, Vol.39 no.2, pp.181-207. https://doi.org/10.1163/246833...

2015, ‘The Nazi Intelligence Matrix: The Gestapo outside of Germany, 1939-45’, Global War Studies vol.12 no.1. Special edited volume on ‘Intelligence & Irregular Warfare’ edited by Duane C. Young & Kristina A. Young, pp.12-37.

2009, ‘An Army of Spies? The Gestapo Spy Network 1933-1945’, Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 44 no.2, pp.247-265. [Awarded the George L. Mosse prize for the best article published in the journal 2009 by a previously unpublished author] https://doi.org/10.1177/002200...

  • Board member of Women's Intelligence Network
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Society for Military History
  • Trustee of the Medmenham Collection

  • American Philosophical Society – Franklin Research Grant [2020-21]. Project - ‘Sworn to Secrecy: Veteran Recollections of the Secret War’.
  • Society of Antiquaries London – Janet Arnold Research Grant [2020-21]. Project – ‘Dress & Deception during the Second World War’.
  • Institute of World War II & Human Experience, Florida State University – Thomas C. Cundy Fellow [2019-20].
  • Society of Antiquaries London – Janet Arnold Research Grant [2019-20]. Project – ‘SOE Spy Clothing: Dress & Deception during the Second World War’.
  • Arts & Humanities Research Council Research Grant in partnership with the Museum of Military Medicine [2016-17]. Project - ‘Sand, Sanitation & Shells: The War Diary of Corporal Alfred Cockburn, London Sanitary Company, Royal Army Medical Corps.
  • George L. Mosse prize for the best article published in 2009 in the Journal of Contemporary History by a previously unpublished author.
  • Scouloudi Research Award, Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of London.
  • Fritz Halbers Fellow of the Leo Baeck Institute, New York.

2019, BBC Radio Scotland, Time Travels programme ‘Stevedores, Spies and Garngad Riots’, interviewee.

2019, Normandy Memorial Trust, D-Day75 Stories (Short Film): Jean Renaud-Dandicolle. Scriptwriter and presenter.

2016, Nazi Secret Files (TV Series – History Channel), presenter.

2016, ‘The spy who never spied: a journey into the shadowlands of secret warfare during the Second World War’. The Historian issue 132, pp.31-35.

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