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Released: 2012-07-31

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


In his superstarrated bestsellers Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat, Ben Macintyre advised the astonishing precise tales of a outstanding WWII double agent and of how the Allies hired a corpse to fool the Nazis and assure a decisive victory.  In Double pass, Macintyre returns with the unadvised tale of the grand ultimate deception of the warfare and of the bizarre spies who accomplished it.

   On June 6, 1944, 1five0,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties.  D-Day was a shocking military accomplishment, nevertheless it was additionally a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double pass device, which specialized in turning German spies into double marketers, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies may assault at Calais and Norway relatively than Normandy. It was essentially the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out, making sure that Hitler saved a whole military awaiting a faux invasion, saving heaps of lives, and securing an Allied victory at the so much very important juncture within the warfare.

   the tale of D-Day has been advised from the perspective of the warriors who fought in it, the tacticians who deliberate it, and the generals who led it. however this epic experience in world history has never prior to been advised from the perspectives of the key people within the Double pass components. these come with its director (a brilliant, urbane intelligence officer), a colorful assortment of MIfive handlers (as well as their opposite numbers in Nazi intelligence), and the 5 spies who formed Double pass’s nucleus: a rushing  Serbian playboy, a Polish fighter-pilot, a bisexual Peruvian celebration lady, a deeply eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in hen farming and a risky Frenchwoman, whose obsessive love for her pet dog very nearly wrecked the entire plan. The D-Day spies had been, with out question, one of the most oddest military devices ever assembled, and their success depended on the subtle, doubtful courting between secret agent and secret agentmaster, both German and British. Their endeavor was stored from disaster via a shadowy sixth secret agent whose heroic sacrifice is discovered here for the first time.

   With the similar depth of study, eye for the absurd and masterful taletelling that have made Ben Macintyre an international bestseller,  Double pass is a captivating narrative of the spies who wove a web so tricky it ensnared Hitler’s military and carried heaps of D-Day troops around the Channel in protection.
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Amazon best possible books of the Month, August 2012: What do a Polish pilot, a Peruvian celebration lady, and a Spanish hen maven have in common? They had been all critical to the success of Operation Fortitude, the audacious ruse that saved Hitler guessing over the site of the D-Day invasions, saving the lives of numerous Allied squaddies and turning the warfare within their favor. In the similar mesmerizing and wonderful type of his earlier World War II secret agent tales (Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat), Ben Macintyrecff0478#39;s Double pass is going behind the usual narratives of armies, generals, and tactics to chronicle the not likely--and sometimes outlandish--tales of the spooks, secret agentmasters, and double marketers that changed the course of the warfare. --Jon Foro

book details

writer: Ben Macintyrewriter: CrownBinding: HardcoverLanguage: EnglishPages: 416

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