Spies Who Never Were

Spies Who Never Were

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The thrilling true story of the daring double agents who thwarted Hitler's spy machine in Britain and turned the tide of World War II. After the fall of France in the mid-1940s, Adolf Hitler faced a British Empire that refused to negotiate for peace. With total war looming, he ordered the Abwehr, Germany's defense and intelligence organization, to carry out Operation Lena—a program to place information-gathering spies within Britain. Quickly, a network of secret agents spread within the United Kingdom and across the British Empire. A master of disguises, a professional safecracker, a scrubwoman, a diplomat's daughter—they all reported news of the Allied defenses and strategies back to their German spymasters. One Yugoslav playboy codenamed "Tricycle" infiltrated the highest echelon of British society and is said to have been one of Ian Fleming's models for James Bond. The stunning truth, though, was that every last one of these German spies had been captured and turned by the British. As double agents, they sent a canny mix of truth and misinformation back to Hitler, all carefully controlled by the Allies. As one British report put it: "By means of the double agent system, we actually ran and controlled the German espionage system in this country." In The Spies Who Never Were, World War II veteran cryptographer Hervie Haufler reveals the real stories of these double agents and their deceptions. This "fascinating account" lays out both the worldwide machinations and the personal clashes that went into the greatest deception in the history of warfare (Booklist).
Publisher: New York : Open Road Media, 2014.
ISBN: 9781497622623
Characteristics: 1 online resource (256 pages)

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BertBailey
Apr 20, 2013

This is a nice survey of double agents working on the Brit side during WW2. It seems most were betraying Hitler's new barbarians, in the spy game. Or is that the victors writing the history? Useful book in giving a good account of which of these many stories are most interesting. Eric Chapman's is certainly one, and so is that of a Pole who did much for the French and the Brits, unbeknownst to the Germans. One of those hyper-talented Poles who did so much for the Allied side. Having read about the Kosciusko Squadron and a bit about the Polish contribution at Monte Cassino, I wonder if there was any people who was more deeply betrayed by their allies than the Poles - who still fought on Bush II's side in Iraq, no doubt harbouring some illusion about a 'special understanding' with the US that might help them against any next time. More to come, as I'm only half way through this.....

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primus
Feb 28, 2012

WW II
Double Agent story

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