Secret War in Portugal [1939-1945]
For SOE [British Special Operation Executive] 24 Land was the code name for Portugal

"Mykhailo" Tereshchenko

More about "Mykhailo" Tereshchenko [Ukraine]: «During the World War II Michael Tereshchenko organized a caution crossing of scientists, artists, participants of protest from Monaco to London in order to help them to escape the German occupation. » [see here]. 
Another revelation here from his grandson, Michael: «In 1931 the largest Austrian bank, the Credit-Anstalt, went bankrupt. In seven years grandfather was able to recover 99.5 percent of its wealth. When Hitler began to threaten Austria in 1938, grandfather succeeded in transferring all the bank’s funds to an offshore bank in Monaco a few weeks before the invasion. Hitler considered him his personal enemy. I am very proud that Lenin and Hitler wanted to kill grandfather, but they failed.”».
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From the family page on FB I quote: «A few words about what "offshore" really is, its purposes and who was the Founding Father. Mikhail Tereshchenko was the one who saved and restored the entire capital of the Creditanstalt bank. At that time, the bank could get into the hands of Adolf Hitler. Tereshchenko thought out a new structure, that would manage all the foreign assets of the Austrian bank, but officially located in a neutral country, beyond the reach of the German authorities. Michael shared these ideas with his colleagues and managers, who were mainly British banks representatives. They approved his proposal as one. Michael ruled out Switzerland: as it was too close to Germany and chose Monaco - he often went there and has established friendly relations with Louis II, Prince of Monaco. Michael proposed the creation of the bank at Monte Carlo - this will be the prototype of all future offshore banks, which after a few decades will form the basis of Monaco's financial stability. On March 11, 1938 in the capital of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, unrests flared up again and the Nazi fifth column has already called Germany for help. On March 12, 1938, Mikhail left Austria, carrying all documents in a travel bag, which accommodated all the foreign assets of the bank Credit-Anstalt in the Principality of Monaco. Upon arrival in Monaco, Michael learned about Anschluss and how easily Hitler grasped in a few hours the Austrian capital. But Hitler was not able to reach the huge foreign assets of Creditanstalt bank, which were already controlled by the first in the history offshore bank - newly created "Société Continental de Gestion", where the first president was - Mikhail Tereshchenko. After the operation, the British bankers ordered to put in all international books on Economics - the project and the term#offshore, created by Mikhail Tereshchenko.
Step by step I am approaching the reason for the contact between him and John Beevor from SOE.»
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Picture above: coat of arms of the family [1872] and a photograph of MT.

BBC: Fernando Pessa the voice of the Portuguese Service


Fernando Pessa was the voice at BBC's Portuguese Service during WW2. Invited in 1938 to work there, while he was serving our national broadscast station [Emissora Nacional] he obtain full agreement of the Director, Capt. Henrique Galvão. He worked in London, at The Broadcasting House and at and Evesham [see here], for eight and half years. See this documentary [in Portuguese, after 12:37 till 29:05].

BBC - Portuguese desk


I mentioned here BBC Portuguese News during WW2. Today I find this other pictures of the room.

Mikhail Ivanovich Tereshchenko


At last I found him! Mikhail Ivanovich Tereshchenko (Russian: Михаи́л Ива́нович Тере́щенко), Finance Minister of the Kerenski Russian Provisional Government  [1886-1956]. Lawyer, art collector, publisher, businessman. Mason [lodge La Patite Ourse, St. Petersburgh].
John Grosvenor Beevor, SOE head in Portugal, disclose he was his first contact in this country. But I could not find any trace at all about him, but only references to his business activities in France, Monaco and Madagascar after the Bolshevik Revolution [1917].
Tonight progress was made. He worked also in Mozambique, and yes, in Lisbon during WW2, undercovered. 
Tereshchenko, visited Beevor in several occasions, calling for that a lady who was providing Red Cross passports as a intermediate. He had a house in Estoril, which was owned by a German and reported the relevant fact that led to the discovered by Section V of MI6 of one of the top German agents who spied for naval intelligence, mainly vessels routes.
He spoke nine idioms  fluently [alias tirtheen], including Portuguese. 
Aleksandr Yakovlevich Golovin painted him, as can be seen here: