By Mark Simmons
This can be the tale of the main profitable German secret agent of global conflict II, the Albanian Elyesa Bazna - an untrained opportunist.
Bazna labored as a valet to the British ambassador to Turkey in Ankara. He photographed 'Top Secret' fabric, which he offered for titanic sums to the Germans. He grew to become the main hugely paid secret agent in background. in spite of the fact that, he by no means received to get pleasure from his ill-gotten profits, for the British banknotes he demanded got here from 'Operation Bernhard', the counterfeiting venture organize through the SD, the Nazi international espionage division.
Cicero even stumbled throughout 'Operation Overlord', code-name for D-Day. due to in-fighting among numerous German departments, complete use used to be by no means made from this. Having accessed lately published British mystery carrier records - the affair has consistently been a humiliation to the British.
Mark Simmons weaves jointly own money owed by means of the best characters and data from top-secret documents from MI5, MI6 and the CIA to inform the magnificent tale of Agent Cicero.
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Conversely, the secondary 15cm armament 44 failed to score a single hit during this engagement. Note fastened to the front of her bridge, the battle honour ‘Coronel’, commemorating the battle in 1914 in which Admiral Graf von Spee went down with his flagship, Scharnhorst. On each side of her bow is the von Spee family crest. The Admiral Graf Spee after her scuttling. She has settled into the shallows, her funnel toppling over to starboard. Incredibly, her FuMO radar has not been destroyed or dismantled, and before long, British intelligence would take full advantage of this error.
Of equal value was Admiral Scheer’s efforts to evacuate civilians and wounded soldiers from the path of the advancing Russians. G: CAMOUFLAGE SCHEMES 1 This view shows Lützow in the scheme she sported during her service in Norway during 1942. A pale grey base coat has wide curved swathes of dark grey over her hull and superstructure. Note the added quadruple 2cm flak gun on the roof of turret ‘Anton’ and the single-barrelled 2cm flak guns added to the fo’c’sle and quarterdeck. 2 Admiral Scheer in 1942, wearing a camouflage scheme very similar to that shown for her sister, but with subtle differences to the patterning.
To repair the damage required would certainly have taken more than the 72 hours allowed under international law for repairs in a neutral country, so the Admiral Graf Spee’s commander, Kapitän zur See Hans Langsdorff, was faced with a stark choice – remain in port and face internment, or make a dash for the open sea where the two waiting cruisers would be able to shadow the damaged pocket battleship, keeping tabs on her whilst reinforcements were vectored in on her. Effectively, the Admiral Graf Spee was trapped.
Agent Cicero: Hitler's Most Successful Spy by Mark Simmons