Curriculum vitae

Adrian Denis Warren O’Sullivan

(Aidrean Donncha Murnáin Ó Súilleabháin)

BA MA DLitt et Phil FRHistS FRAS

Intelligence historian and author

Born: 16 April 1941 in Dorridge (UK)

Nationality: Irish/British/Canadian (triple-national)

Residence: West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Secondary: The King’s School Canterbury (1951-1958)

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in German (University College London [1967])

Postgraduate: Master of Arts in German Literature (University of Alberta [1969])
Postgraduate: Doctor of Literature and Philosophy in History (University of South Africa [2013])

(Also studied at Innsbruck, Cambridge, and Simon Fraser universities, and at the University of London Institute of Education)


  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (1966)
  • Member and Vice-President of the Alberta Association of Translators (1979)
  • Member of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (1982)
  • Member of the Society for Technical Communication (1985)
  • Fellow of the College of Preceptors (1993)
  • Member of the Canadian Editors’ Association (2002)
  • Emeritus Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2015)
  • Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (2017)

Additional memberships/affiliations

  • Military History Welfare Network (MHWN)
  • North American Society for Intelligence History (NASIH)
  • Special Operations Executive (SOE) Group


I am a former intelligence linguist and technical communications specialist. I have lived and worked in various countries in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Some selected employers were the Government of Canada (1972-1998) and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (1983-1998). A few years after ‘retirement’ in 1998, I decided to return to postgraduate studies for a doctorate in intelligence history, and subsequently to work as an independent researcher, author, and lecturer. I am currently unaffiliated and non-funded.


  • The Baghdad Set: Iraq through the Eyes of British Intelligence, 1941-45 (London/Cham: Palgrave Macmillan/Springer Nature, 2019).
  • Espionage and Counterintelligence in Occupied Persia (Iran): The Success of the Allied Secret Services, 1941-45 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
  • Nazi Secret Warfare in Occupied Persia (Iran): The Failure of the German Intelligence Services, 1939-45 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Recent articles

  • ‘British Security Intelligence in Occupied Persia, 1942-1944’, Global War Studies 12, no. 1 (March 2015): 38-56.
  • ‘Joe Spencer’s Ratcatchers: British Security Intelligence in Occupied Persia’, Asian Affairs 48, no. 2 (July 2017): 296-312.
  • ‘Neglected Narratives of Nazi Subversion’, Journal of the Iran Society 2, no. 16 (September 2017): 7-19.
  • [With Claire Hubbard-Hall] ‘Wives of Secret Agents: Spyscapes of the Second World War and Female Agency’, International Journal of Military History and Historiography 39 (2019): 181-207.
  • [With Claire Hubbard-Hall] ‘Landscapes of Intelligence in the Third Reich: Visualising Abwehr Operations and “Covert Space” during the Second World War’, Journal of Intelligence History (forthcoming in 2020).


  • Covert Operations and Security Intelligence in Turkey, Palestine, and the Levant, 1939-45 (book projects in preparation).
  • [With Claire Hubbard-Hall] ‘Dress and Deception during the Second World War’ (research project on SOE covert operations and agents in Nazi-occupied Europe).
  • ‘The Geohistorical Intelligence Project (GEOHISTINT)’, an extensive synchronic case study implementing an HGIS visualisation of the landscape of Nazi foreign intelligence within Greater Germany at the zenith of Hitler’s continental power immediately before the Battle of Stalingrad during the winter of 1942-43.

If you wish to know more about my work, please browse through this website, where you will find a handy CONTACT form if you wish to message me.