Miss Westons Masquerade eEnt locationSo was conceived Operation Fortitude an audacious plan of lies deception and misinformation to persuade the military that the invasion was going to take place in Norway and Calais This team of double agents Bronx Brutus Treasure Tricycle and Garbo fed back to their German masters this picture of troop movements and build of arms and materiel Even though there were some doubters in the Germanchelons this story dreamt up by a team in London was swallowed hook line and sinkerBut it so nearly wasn t Macintyre brings alive the tension as the web of deceit was spun from the near misses as agents were arrested to the appalling handling of agent Treasure over petty amounts of money He describes their character flaws and ultimately courage of the job that they performed Macintyre must have sifted through hundreds of secret documents to shine a light on these people and their handlers who probably saved thousands of lives on both sides as the allies got a foothold in FranceAs will all of his history books he reveals the lives of those who lived in the shadows and smoke of the The Millionaires Proposal espionage game people who most would have never heard of and the key roles they played in changing European and World history Well written as usual there are points where it reads like a spy thrillerven though it was really life This book was absolutely hilarious It is proof of the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction I don t think any fiction authors could invent the wacky people in this book because they wouldn t have been believedI uote a few sentences from the book to prove my point p5 6For the D Day spies were without uestion one of the oddest military units Michael (New Orleans Knights ever assembled They included a bisexual Peruvian playgirl a tiny Polish fighter pilot a mercurial Frenchwoman a Serbian seducer and a deeplyccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farmingthe Double Cross spies were variously courageous treacherous capricious greedy and inspiredOne was so obsessed with her pet dog that she came close to derailing the Memoirs of a Millionaires Mistress entire invasion All were to somextent fantasists for that is the very Meet Phoenix essence ofspionage Two were of dubious moral characterOne was a triple and possibly a uadruple agentThe author is uite aware of how funny his material can be in places but in typical British understated style simply presents the information knowing that readers would find this funnier for it not being labeled as such However before anyone gets the idea that the writer is simply having a great time with this material the last few pages are a tribute to one spy in particular who likely died in a concentration camp although no one really knows his fate He also makes it clear throughout the book how The Mistletoe Melody (A Brookhollow Story, essential thisffort was The misinformation fed to the Germans meant that they refused to move additional troops to Normandy when D Day happened This kept the casualties much lower than they would have otherwise and possibly kept the Sid and Sam end of the war from being a few years later In many ways James Bond would have been unable to keep up with these people at least intellectually Physically of course 007 would have outstripped themasily These people were warriors with words not your typical warriors Many of the actual warriors survived the war thanks to the outrageous lies these people fed their German handlers However the success of the Screwball entire unit belonged to the supervisors of these people They had to baby cajole humor lie carouse and threaten these people never being completely sure that a few of them weren t actually working for the other side and deceiving the Brits The author notes that this story wouldn t have been able to be written at all if the British secret services hadn t fairly recently decided to open up the files for this time period The spies themselves pretty muchxpected that their stories would never be known To sum up this book is serious history written with a keen ye for the absurd Highly recommended I plan on rereading it again some day when my to read pile isn t so ridiculous This is an astonishingly good absolutely riveting account of a disparate group of individuals whose xploits during WW2 went largely unsung
It Was Provided To was provided to by netgalley and is well Written With Humor Empathy with humor The Outlaw Jesse James empathy clarity It brings in accounts of other operations and the bigger picture to provide context but never moves away from the double agents themselvesI honestly had no idea that such an infuriating temperamental intelligent and diverse a group of people played such an important role in the success of the D Day landings or in assisting the work of the codebreakers at Bletchley Park They all did the work for a variety of reasons from greed to boredom to fierce hatred of the Nazis but there is no doubting the courage of any of them nor the complete ignorance in the Nazis in trusting in them so blindly I found the comparisons between the German and British intelligent organizations fascinating After all the individuals running them and operating in them weressentially Up All Night eually capableually intelligent and ually well resourced So why did the British succeed where the Nazis didn t and not only succeed but succeed with su. Way rather than Normandy It was the most sophisticated and successful deception "Operation Ever Carried Out Ensuring "ever carried out nsuring Hitler kept an The Erotic Mind entire army awaiting a fake invasion saving thousands of lives and securing an Allied victory at the most critical juncture in the war The story of D Day has been told from the point of view of the soldiers who fought in it the tacticians who planned it and the generals who led it But thispic Dancing at Midnight (The Splendid Trilogy, event in world history has never before been told from the perspectives of the key individuals in the Double Cross System These include its director a brilliant urbane intelligence officer a colorful assortment of MI5 handlers as well as their counterparts in Nazi intelligence and the five spies who formed Double Cross’s nucleus a dashing Serbian playboy a Polish fighter pilot a bisex. I am a big fan of the mighty Ben Macintyre so it was only a matter of time before I d read Double Cross The True Story of the D Day Spies In Double Cross The True Story of the D Day Spies Macintyre relates the untold story of thextraordinary band of agents and double agents who convinced the Nazis that the 150000 Allied troops who landed on the beaches of Normandy on D Day were just one part of a larger invasion plan with others to follow at Calais and Norway This belief convinced the Nazi hierarchy to hold troops back which is now recognised as being decisive in allowing the Allies to create a bridgehead into Normandy These agents included a dashing Serbian playboy a Polish fighter pilot a bisexual Peruvian party girl a deeply It Hurts When I Poop! a Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming and a volatile Frenchwoman whose obsessive love for her pet dog nearly wrecked thentire plan Needless to say it is up to the high standards that we Ben Macintyre fans have come to Here With Me (Together expect Once again truth is stranger than fiction It s a compelling read and another remarkable slice of previously untold WW2 history 45 I ran out of gas around page 65 I don t know why I keep picking up spy non fiction books when I know that there is nothingxciting about the life of a real spy Only James Bond that Bourne guy and Sterling Archer have Double Deception (Code Name: Danger exciting lives inspionage and they are fictitious characters and that Bourne guy wasn t Wicked Lies (Men of Summer, even a spy technically he was just a crazy assassin who lost his marbles This book Is AmazingDo you know how many uncaptured German spies were operating in Britain during WWIIZeroThat s rightEvery single German spy wasither captured or became part of MI5 s XX System aka Double Cross And Grave Tattoo each one of them was a character As McIntyre puts itThey included a bisexual Peruvian playgirl a tiny Polish fighter pilot a mercurial Frenchwoman a Serbian seducer and a deeplyccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming Together under Robertson s guidance they delivered all of the little lies that together made up the big lie The Double Cross spies were variously courageous treacherous capricious greedy and inspired They were not obvious heroes and their organization was betrayed from within by a Soviet spy One was so obsessed with her pet dog that she came close to derailing the Georgia and the Tycoon entire invasion All were to somextent fantasists for that is the very Churchills Trial essence ofspionage Two were of dubious moral characterOne was a triple and possibly a uadruple agentThe story of the Double Cross spies reads like a British farce up to and including the fact that all of the spies were given punny names One of the handlers thought of the A Conspiracy of Ravens (Lady Trent Mysteries entire war in times of cricket One agent codenamed Garbo created anntirely imaginary network of sub spies that comprised 27 hallucinated agents Another nearly drove MI5 to send a warship to bring her dog over and avoid the sacrosanct uarantine laws Yet another began his career in Portugal making up fake reports for the Germans about Liverpudlians hanging out in wine bars and naval xercises in what
Turned Out To Be Landlocked No out be landlocked lakes No how asily the British managed to defeat the Germans in the spying game the Soviets Cambridge Five had just as successfully infiltrated them Yet the Cambridge Five were if anything too successful knowing from their spies about Double Cross the Soviets were convinced their own agents had also been doubled Oh the perils of paranoia Double Cross is occasionally poignant it is after all about WWII and often incredible but above all it is hands down funny My favourite uoteOne vening in his safe house in Hinxton near Cambridge Caroli crept up behind his minder while he was playing solitaire and tried to throttle him with a piece of rope When this failed he apologized tied the man to a chair and ran off with a can of sardines a pineapple and a large canvas shoe He then stole a motorcycle and motored very slowly toward the coast with the canoe balanced on his head He intended to paddle to Holland A roadman reported to police that a man with a canoe had fallen off his motorcycle on Pamisford
road and he had helped the man throw the canoe over a hedge If you re looking for a crazy and he had helped the man throw the canoe over a hedge If you re looking for a crazy nonfiction book to read then Double Cross is it A great story about the misinformation fed to German intelligence by a group of spies and double agents working for MI5 during WW2 culminating in a successful D Day landing at Normandy I m so glad I listened to this audiobook I ve had several of Mr Macintyre s books on my to read list for a while and this one didn t disappoint I ve read multiple books on British WWII intelligence and D day deception schemes my first novel was about D day deceptions schemes so I did a fair amount of research but I still learned something new This book will now be my go to recommendation for readers wanting a nonfiction account of D day spies Great bit of history told with skilled writing My favorite kind of narrative history D Day The beginning of the nd of the Second World War But for this massive operation to succeed the Allies had to do Second Time Loving every trick in the book to convince the Nazis that the invasion was going to take place in a differ. In his celebrated bestsellers Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat Ben Macintyre told the dazzling true stories of a remarkable WWII double agent and of how the Alliesmployed a corpse to fool the Nazis and assure a decisive victory In Double Cross Macintyre returns with the untold story of the grand final deception of the war and of the xtraordinary spies who achieved it On June 6 1944 150000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties D Day was a stunning military accomplishment but it was also a masterpiece of trickery Operation Fortitude which protected and nabled the invasion and the Double Cross system which specialized in turning German spies into double agents deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Nor.
Read & Download Double Cross The True Story of the D Day SpiesCh panacheThis was a wonderful read I loved reading some of the bonkers messages the agents sent to their German case officers and hearing about their various Dark Awakening exploitsI particularlynjoyed the Hawks Way (Hawks Way epilogue which beautifully and concisely described what happened to the double agents their case officers from both sides and associates after the war butnds Family Men exactly where it should paying tribute to the agent who was possibly most flawed most dodgy least brave and yet most courageous when faced with Nazi torture He ultimately gave his life to save thousands of allied soldiers landing in NormandyJust read it 5 stars With this narrative Mr Macintyre once again proves he is a master of telling the stories of British Intelligence This book is than the story of Operation Fortitude the Allies attempt to convince the Germans that the invasion of France was going to be somewhere other than Normandy The author tells the story of how British Intelligence MI 6 completely penetrated the German spy network in Great Britain and used that control to tell the Germansxactly what the Allies wanted them to hear and to a great Creative Participation extent what the Germans themselves wanted to believe According to the authorvery agent Germany attempted to insert into Great Britain was captured Most were imprisoned a few Sabina Spielrein executed and some became double agentsThe author does a good job of describing the covert intel war on the Iberian Peninsula It seems it became the central theater in the war between MI 6 and German Intelligence the Abwehr Especially in thearly war most of the German controllers were based in Cognitive Radio Networks either Spain or Portugal In telling the story of the Abwehr s attempts to get agents into Britain Mr Macintyre does anxcellent job to discussing the weaknesses and frankly the gullibility in the German agents controlling their British Spy ringHe looks at how both sides recruited agents controlled them their methods of communications and how the British used the time delay for getting information from Britain to Spain to their advantage Sometimes this was done in letting agents give the Germans actual operational details but timed in such a way that they would arrive too late to be of any useWhen he starts telling of the story of Operation Fortitude he looks at just how the information the agents were giving the Germans reinforced their preconceived notions of when and where they invasions would take place the area around the Pal de Calais in northern France and closest part of France to Britain He also tells of how they inflated the Allied Order of Battle to such an Personnel Management in Government extent thatven after the troops landed on D Day the Germans believed that there was still Out of This World enough strength in Britain to conduct another landingIn addition to the double agents the author does look at some of the other methods the Allies used to reinforce what they where sending their German controllers This includes the famous rubber vehicles and planes false radio traffic using General Patton as a decoytcThe author also looks at the American attempts to get into the intel game how it almost cost MI 6 one of their better agents It seems that in the attempt to be good partners MI
6 Let The FBIOSSlet the FBIOSS one the agents who had moved to the US The attempt failed because Herbert Hoover the head of the FBI did not believe in or trust double agents and wouldn t allow the agent to be given anything at all believable or of any use to the Germans After about six months the agent reverted to British control and according to the author left a bad taste all around and a rather large hotel bill for the Americans to payFinally in telling the stories of the agents he really does look at their motivations The men and women s reasons ran the gamut from patriotism one was a Polish Fighter pilot who despised the Germans to greed a couple of them were looking for someone to bankroll their lifestyles to boredom with life and the thought that spying would be The Time It Never Rained exciting The author includes anpilogue that tells what happened to the main characters after the war that I found xtremely interestingI found this a very informational and gripping read It is definitely a 4 star read I rounded down for GR The least entertaining and successful of Macintyre s WWII spy books IMO probably because the cast of characters was too numerous and nothing and successful of Macintyre s WWII spy books IMO probably because the cast of characters was too numerous and nothing really happened until the final 100 pagesNonetheless fans of non fiction spionage should find some wheat amongst the chaff in this revelation of the part spies and deception played in the successful allied invasion of Normandy otherwise known as D DayMacintyre knows his material and gives the reader a full complement of material available on the spies their handlers the tactics and
the run up and completion of the operation How Hitler and Co wererun up and completion of the operation How Hitler and Co were and re directed in where the allied troops would launch their invasion is almost too unbelievable for words If it were a book of fiction you d shake your head in sheer disbelief at the credulity of the bad guys to fall for such a plot But this is not fiction and the broad axe tactics Childrens Phantasies employed by allied counter intelligence and a motley crew of spies no doubt saved thousand of lives on D Da. Ual Peruvian party girl a deeplyccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming and a volatile Frenchwoman whose obsessive love for her pet dog very nearly wrecked the ntire plan The D Day spies were without uestion one of the oddest military units ver assembled and their success depended on the delicate dubious relationship between spy and spymaster both German and British Their The Soviet Union enterprise was saved from catastrophe by a shadowy sixth spy whose heroic sacrifice is revealed here for the first time With the same depth of researchye for the absurd and masterful storytelling that have made Ben Macintyre an international bestseller Double Cross is a captivating narrative of the spies who wove a web so intricate it nsnared Hitler’s army and carried thousands of D Day troops across the Channel in safet. ,