By Ben Macintyre
In his celebrated bestsellers Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat, Ben Macintyre informed the surprising real tales of a impressive WWII double agent and of the way the Allies hired a corpse to idiot the Nazis and guarantee a decisive victory. In Double Cross, Macintyre returns with the untold tale of the grand ultimate deception of the conflict and of the extreme spies who completed it.
On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed at the shores of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low expense of casualties. D-Day used to be a beautiful army accomplishment, however it used to be additionally a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which secure and enabled the invasion, and the Double move process, which really good in turning German spies into double brokers, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies may assault at Calais and Norway instead of Normandy. It used to be the main subtle and winning deception operation ever conducted, making sure that Hitler stored a complete military watching for a faux invasion, saving hundreds of thousands of lives, and securing an Allied victory on the most important juncture within the war.
The tale of D-Day has been instructed from the perspective of the warriors who fought in it, the tacticians who deliberate it, and the generals who led it. yet this epic occasion in international heritage hasn't ever sooner than been informed from the views of the major participants within the Double pass process. those contain its director (a marvelous, urbane intelligence officer), a colourful collection of MI5 handlers (as good as their opposite numbers in Nazi intelligence), and the 5 spies who shaped Double Cross’s nucleus: a dashing Serbian playboy, a Polish fighter-pilot, a bisexual Peruvian celebration woman, a deeply eccentric Spaniard with a degree in fowl farming and a unstable Frenchwoman, whose obsessive love for her puppy puppy pretty much wrecked the total plan. The D-Day spies have been, with no query, one of many oddest army devices ever assembled, and their luck trusted the fragile, doubtful dating among undercover agent and spymaster, either German and British. Their company used to be kept from disaster via a shadowy 6th undercover agent whose heroic sacrifice is published the following for the 1st time.
With an identical intensity of study, eye for the absurd and masterful storytelling that experience made Ben Macintyre a global bestseller, Double pass is a charming narrative of the spies who wove an online so complex it ensnared Hitler’s military and carried hundreds of thousands of D-Day troops around the Channel in protection.
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The eight LeTs had repositioned themselves to run into JIG GREEN EAST at the rear of the first assault serials. At H+35, the Sherwood Rangers, with their screens up, drove off the landing craft about five hundred yards off shore and carried out 'a deep wade, rather than a swim ashore'. The landing was successful with few casualties, as they came ashore well to the east and were out of effective range of the 77mm in Ie Hamel. However, thirty DD Shermans arriving on the beach produced an instant traffic jam, as they waited for the Royal Engineers to establish beach exits.
89 The Fight for Ie Hamel By mid morning four companies of infantry were independently fighting in Ie Hamel; A and C Company 1 Hampshire were attacking from the east, along with C Company 2 Devon, while B Company 1 Hampshire were probing from the south. Without Hobart's specialist armour or the DD tanks, who were to have led the way ashore, the infantry were making slow progress. Typical of this phase in the battle is an incident recalled by Corporal Jock Russell, a section commander in 14 Platoon of C Company 2 Devons, who was fighting on the south-eastern outskirts of the village: 'We were held up by a strong-point, which had us nailed down.
The farm buildings were the objective of B Company 1 Dorset but they were still, as already recorded, struggling through the Marsh. When they eventually reached les Roquettes, B Company 1 Dorset became the Brigade Reserve with the mission of protecting the beach in case counter-attacks penetrated the forward companies. Major Mott's B Company mission was to clear Ie Hamel West, having advanced through A Company 1 Hampshire, who were supposed to have taken Ie Hamel East. However, finding himself inland and well to the west of his intended position, a new plan was needed.
Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre