MI6 outperforms: "Double Cross: 2 of 2: The True Story of the D-Day Spies" by Ben Macintyre

Jul 09, 02:30 AM


(Photo:Dummy landing craft

War Office official photographer - This is photograph H 42527 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Dummy landing craft used as decoys in south-eastern harbours in the period before D-Day. )



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MI6 outperforms: "Double Cross: 2 of 2: The True Story of the D-Day Spies" by Ben Macintyre


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.