Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

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Crown/Archetype, Jul 31, 2012 - History - 416 pages
In Double Cross, New York Times bestselling author Ben Macintyre returns with the untold story of one of the greatest deceptions of World War II, and of the extraordinary spies who achieved it.

On June 6, 1944, 150,000 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 enabled 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 Norway rather than Normandy. It was the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out, ensuring Allied victory at the most pivotal point in the war.

This epic event has never before been told from the perspective of the key individuals in the Double Cross system, until now. 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 bisexual Peruvian party girl, a deeply eccentric Spaniard, and a volatile Frenchwoman. The D-Day spies were, without question, one of the oddest military units ever assembled, and their success depended on the delicate, dubious relationship between spy and spymaster, both German and British. Their 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 research, eye 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 ensnared Hitler’s army and carried thousands of D-Day troops across the Channel in safety.
 

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"In wartime, the truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." Winston Churchill Double Cross centres on the murky world of espionage during WWII and in particular ... Read full review

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This is an excellent work of nonfiction about the civilian spies working for the Allied troops to help make D-Day a success. I read this book several years ago and am constantly recommending it to ... Read full review

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Contents

Raw Recruits
7
A Bit of an Emigma
29
Roman and the Cat
45
Coat Trailing
55
The Club
63
Garhū Takes the Stage
77
Popov Goes Shopping
91
The Great Game
103
The Flock
113
True Agent False Agent Double Agent
131
Cockade
141
Aftermath
337
Acknowledgments
359
Select Bibliography
384
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BEN MACINTYRE is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, and Agent Zigzag, among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work.

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