Agent Cicero: Hitler's Most Successful Spy

By Mark Simmons

Hitler promised to provide this secret agent a villa after the battle used to be over—but as an alternative he paid him thousands in counterfeit money

This is the tale of the main profitable German undercover agent of worldwide conflict II, the Albanian Elyesa Bazna—an untrained opportunist. whereas operating as a valet to the British ambassador to Turkey in Ankara Bazna photographed best secret material, which he bought to the Germans for huge sums. He turned the main hugely paid secret agent in background. although he by no means received to take pleasure in his ill-gotten earnings, for the British banknotes he demanded got here from "Operation Bernhard," the counterfeiting venture manage by way of 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 was once by no means made up of the knowledge. Having accessed lately published British mystery provider files, Mark Simmons analyzes the entire eyewitness debts, and captures the feverish surroundings of impartial Ankara, a hotbed of spies and intrigue.

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Cruiser: The Life and Loss of HMAS Perth and Her Crew

By Mike Carlton

Of all of the Australians who fought within the moment international struggle, none observed extra motion nor continued lots of its difficulty and horror because the team of the cruiser HMAS Perth. so much have been young—many have been nonetheless teenagers—from towns and cities, villages and farms around the kingdom. In 3 tumultuous years they did conflict with the forces of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, the Vichy French, and, ultimately, the Imperial eastern army. They have been approximately misplaced in a storm within the Atlantic. within the Mediterranean in 1941 they have been bombed by means of the Luftwaffe and the Italian Air strength for months on finish until eventually, eventually, through the disastrous evacuation of the Australian military from Crete, their send took an immediate hit and 13 males have been killed. After the autumn of Singapore in 1942, HMAS Perth was once hurled into the forlorn crusade to stem the japanese boost in the direction of Australia. Off the coast of Java in March that 12 months she met an overpowering enemy naval strength. Firing till her ammunition actually ran out, she used to be sunk with the lack of 353 of her staff, together with her much-loved captain and the Royal Australian Navy’s best scuffling with sailor, ‘Hardover’ Hec Waller. one other 328 males have been taken into jap captivity, such a lot to develop into slave labourers within the limitless hell of the Burma-Thai railway. Many died there, sufferers of unspeakable atrocity. merely 218 males, below a 3rd of her group, survived to come back domestic at war’s finish. Cruiser, by means of journalist and broadcaster Mike Carlton, is their tale. And the tale of these who enjoyed them and waited for them.

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The Boat

By Lothar-Gunther Buchheim

Autumn 1941. A U-boat is on a dangerous patrol within the conflict of the Atlantic, however the tide is starting to flip opposed to the Germans. because the U-boat is compelled to conceal underneath the outside of the ocean, the expanding claustrophobia of the submarine turns into an enemy as scary as any intensity charge.

Reader reports:
Quiet at the Western Front". A historic novel within the vintage culture of a good novel. A strongly anti-war novel performing on many degrees: anti-war, anti-authoritarian (against excessive Command commonly and Hitler and Adm. Doenitz in paticular), educational at the day-by-day operation of a WWII U-boat in ALL actions, together with large hours fruitlessly patrolling (U-boats, not like US Boats, didn't have radar until eventually overdue within the warfare, nor particular " Ultra" code intercepts of enemy send pursuits - notwithstanding German codebreakers had a few strong successes until eventually halfway in the course of the war); the obsolesence of the U-boats vs. skilled radar- built British destroyers and airplane; the fight of guys in a tiny send vs. the ocean. This final subject gets a lot time, and the yankee translation of this initially German publication is particularly targeted, uncooked, and poetic, quite decribing the altering nature of the ocean, the clouds, and the author's feelings as he attempts to appreciate, frequently with nice trouble, precisely what's going. you will discover nice controversy in this booklet, in most cases founded at the drunkeness of shore depart, but in addition the anti- excessive Command sentiments which are most likely exaggerated. i purchased and browse this ebook in 1976 while it got here out in paperback and browse it within the again seat of my dad's automobile on a cross-country relations vaction roadtrip (I was once thirteen) and i've learn and loved it numerous occasions given that. A searing tale of simply awesome moments of wrestle and weeks of patrolling with out enemy touch -the norm for warships, and patrolling ships and plane, too - so much convoys have been by no means sighted, not to mention attacked. The motion picture is excellent, yet this excellent e-book beats it, because the marvelous books often do. i attempted the model from England (1974 hardcover) yet came across the tranlator's selection of phrases and phraseology to be very dry, uncolorful, and stiff- definetely get the yankee translation. traditionally, the writer crams 6 years of battle into one superlong patrol, juxtapositioning a few developments and customary occurences a bit too shut jointly, yet he does set his novel at what's now famous because the turning element of the U-boat conflict- fall 1941. even if U-boats went on for one more 15 months of havoc, particularly of the Americas, Cape city, and within the Indian Ocean, the British had in truth escaped severe conflict changing results through the U-boats with the codebreaking, radar, indications place ("Huff Duff"), airplane, and the Germans failure to construct extra boats previous on, supply plane aid, radar, and safe communications. The futility of the greatly outgunned, outnumbered and out-teched Germans has you rooting for them but figuring out that like in "Finding deepest Ryan" or an outdated Western like "The Wild Bunch", those men have the entire odds opposed to them.

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D-Day: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War)

By Francis Crosby

This can be a marvelous photographic list of the D-Day invasion that captures many alternative facets of the air, sea and army crusade. a very good majority of pictures are not going to were obvious via most of the people they usually were fantastically reproduced at once from unique negatives held via nationwide files in Britain and america. long captions describe the motion portrayed in every one photograph and an creation places D-Day into its ancient point of view. The publication follows the invasion because it develops and includes chapters on coaching, The Landings, constructing the Beach-head, relocating Inland and maintaining the Advance.

Francis Crosby works for a countrywide museum in Britain and has had entry to huge, immense wartime records. He has written greatly on ancient aviation and has had 5 books released at the topic in addition to performing as a specialist for the media and publishing

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Man Who Never Was: World War II's Boldest Counterintelligence Operation (Bluejacket Books)

By Ewen Montagu

As plans acquired below means for the Allied invasion of Sicily in June 1943, British counter-intelligence agent Ewen Montagu masterminded a scheme to lie to the Germans into considering the subsequent touchdown could take place in Greece. The cutting edge plot was once such a success that the Germans moved a few of their forces clear of Sicily, and weeks into the true invasion nonetheless anticipated an assault in Greece. This outstanding operation referred to as for a useless physique, dressed as a Royal Marine officer and sporting fake information regarding a pending Allied invasion of Greece, to scrub up on a Spanish shore close to the city of a identified Nazi agent.

Agent Montagu tells the tale as simply an insider might, supplying interesting information of the problems involved--especially in making a character for a guy who by no means was--and of his career as a secret agent and the hazards enthusiastic about mounting this type of advanced operation. Failure may have had devastating effects. luck, besides the fact that, introduced a determined swap through the war.

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The Angry Hills

By Leon Uris

A author strikes to Greece simply because the Nazis invade, and he quickly turns into a pawn in a deadly online game of espionage

After the demise of his spouse, Mike Morrison arrives in Greece just to obtain an inheritance and are available to grips along with his grief. yet it’s a nasty time to nurse his sorrow—it’s the start of worldwide struggle II, and the German military storms the rustic earlier than Morrison can go away. He’s quickly stuck in a sophisticated cat-and-mouse video game with Gestapo officials, British spies, and the Greek resistance stream. on the mercy of strangers, Morrison has to profit who to trust—and who to love.

Leon Uris’s fast paced moment novel attracts from the diaries of an uncle who served in Greece in the course of global battle II. It used to be made right into a movie in 1959 starring Robert Mitchum.

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German Light Cruisers 1939-45 (New Vanguard)

The German military of worldwide struggle II used to be small in quantity, yet contained the most technologically complex capital ships on the planet. This intended that even if the Kriegsmarine by no means felt in a position to encountering the may possibly of the British military in a fleet motion, her ships have been separately greater than a fit for the superseded vessels of the Royal military. Nowhere used to be this extra the case than in Germany's fleet of sunshine cruisers. there have been simply six vessels during this fleet: the Emden, Leipzig, Köln, Königsberg, Karlsruhe and Nurnberg. This e-book describes their layout, improvement and sundry operational historical past through the process the second one global struggle.

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Love and Treasure

By Ayelet Waldman

A Washington Post most sensible ebook of the Year
An Oprah.com top e-book of the Year

In 1945, at the outskirts of Salzburg, American infantrymen find a teach choked with unspeakable riches: gold watches and marriage ceremony earrings, photograph frames and Shabbat candlesticks.  Jack Wiseman is the lieutenant tasked with guarding this treasure within the chaotic aftermath of war—a accountability that grows extra advanced while he meets Ilona, a fierce, attractive Hungarian girl who has misplaced every thing within the ravages of the Holocaust.
 
Seventy years later, amid the shadowy international of artwork purchasers who revenue off the sins of prior generations, Jack supplies a necklace to his granddaughter, Natalie, and costs her with returning it to its proprietor. And as Natalie searches for the lady whose portrait and unknown destiny have come to hang-out her, she's going to come to appreciate the key her grandfather took to his grave.

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Never Surrender: Winston Churchill and Britain's Decision to Fight Nazi Germany in the Fateful Summer of 1940

By John Kelly

“WWII student John Kelly triumphs back” (Vanity Fair) during this remarkably shiny account of a key second in Western historical past: The serious six months in 1940 while Winston Churchill debated no matter if England should still struggle Nazi Germany—and then made up our minds to “never surrender.”

London in April, 1940, is a spot of serious worry and clash. The Germans have taken Poland, France, Holland, Belgium, and Czechoslovakia. The Nazi struggle laptop now menaces Britain, at the same time the United States continues to be uncommitted to offering army reduction. should still Britain negotiate with Germany? The participants of the warfare cupboard bicker, yell, and are divided. Churchill, best the faction to struggle, and Lord Halifax, cautioning that prudence is how you can live on, try and usurp each other whatsoever attainable. In Never Surrender, we think we're along those complicated and imperfect males, deciding upon the destiny of the British Empire, and maybe, the world.

Drawing at the battle cupboard papers, different govt files, deepest diaries, newspaper money owed, and memoirs, historian John Kelly tells the tale of the summer season of 1940. Kelly takes readers from the battlefield to Parliament, to the govt ministries, to the British excessive command, to the determined Anglo-French convention in Paris and London, to the yank embassy in London, and to lifestyles with the normal Britons. We see Churchill grab the ancient second and finally motivate his executive, army, and other people to struggle. Kelly brings to existence probably the most heroic moments of the 20 th century and in detail portrays a few of its greatest players—Churchill, Lord Halifax, Hitler, FDR, Joe Kennedy, and others. Never hand over is a wonderful, grand narrative of a very important interval in global battle II and the lads and girls who formed it. “For fanatics of minute-by-minute historical past, it’s a ceremonial dinner” (Huffington Post).

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Seduced by Secrets: Inside the Stasi's Spy-Tech World

By Kristie Macrakis

Extra interesting than fiction, Seduced by way of secrets and techniques takes the reader contained in the actual global of 1 of the best and feared undercover agent organisations in heritage. The booklet unearths, for the 1st time, the key technical tools and assets of the Stasi (East German Ministry for country defense) because it stole secrets and techniques from in a foreign country and built devices at domestic, using common, hugely guarded thoughts usually utilized by different secret agent and defense organizations. Seduced through secrets and techniques attracts on mystery records from the Stasi files, together with CIA-acquired fabric, interviews and friendships, court docket records, and strange visits to secret agent websites, together with "breaking into" a jail, to illustrate that the Stasi over priced the ability of secrets and techniques to unravel difficulties and created an insular secret agent tradition extra purpose on securing its energy than keeping nationwide defense. It recreates the Stasi's mystery global of expertise via biographies of brokers, defectors, and officials and through visualizing James Bond-like concepts and devices. during this hugely unique ebook, Kristie Macrakis provides a brand new size to our realizing of the East German Ministry for country protection by means of bringing the subject into the world of espionage heritage and exiting the political area.

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