Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies Kindle

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies Kindle
    Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies Kindle and securing an Allied victory at the most critical juncture in the war The story of D Day has been told from the point of view of the soldiers who fought in it, the tacticians who planned it, and the generals who led it But this epic event in world history has never before been told from the perspectives of the key individuals in the Double Cross System These include its director a brilliant, urbane intelligence officer , a colorful assortment of MI 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 with a diploma in chicken farming and a volatile Frenchwoman, whose obsessive love for her pet dog very nearly wrecked the entire plan 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."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies
  • Ben Macintyre
  • English
  • 18 September 2018
  • 0307888754

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies☉ Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies PDF / Epub ❤ Author Ben Macintyre – Essayreview.co.uk In his celebrated bestsellers Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat, Ben Macintyre told the dazzling true stories of a remarkable WWII double agent and of how the Allies employed a corpse to fool the N In his celebrated bestsellers Agent Zigzag and Operation The True Kindle Ò Mincemeat, Ben Macintyre told the dazzling true stories of a remarkable WWII double agent and of how the Allies employed a corpse to fool the Nazis and assure a decisive victory In Double Cross, Macintyre returns with the untold story of the grand final deception of Double Cross: Epub / the war and of the extraordinary spies who achieved it On June , Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties D Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross: The True Epub µ Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy It was the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out, ensuring that Hitler kept an entire army awaiting a fake invasion, saving thousands of lives, and securing an Allied victory at the most critical juncture in the war The story of D Day has been told from the point of view of the soldiers who fought in it, the tacticians who planned it, and the generals who led it But this epic event in world history has never before been told from the perspectives of the key individuals in the Double Cross System These include its director a brilliant, urbane intelligence officer , a colorful assortment of MI 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 with a diploma in chicken farming and a volatile Frenchwoman, whose obsessive love for her pet dog very nearly wrecked the entire plan 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.


About the Author: Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre is a writer at large for The True Kindle Ò The Times of London and the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, and Rogue Heroes, among other books Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work.


10 thoughts on “Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

  1. says:

    The least entertaining and successful of Macintyre s WWII spy books IMO, probably because the cast of characters was too numerous and nothing interesting really happened until the final 100 pages.Nonetheless, fans of non fiction espionage should find some wheat amongst the chaff in this revelation of the part spies and deception played in the successful allied invasion of Normandy otherwise known as D Day.Macintyre knows his material, and gives the reader a full complement of material availabl The least entertaining and successful of Macintyre s WWII spy books IMO, probably because the cast of characters was too numerous and nothing interesting really happened until the final 100 pages.Nonetheless, fans of non fiction espionage should find some wheat amongst the chaff in this revelation of the part spies and deception played in the successful allied invasion of Normandy otherwise known as D Day.Macintyre knows his material, and gives the reader a full complement of material available on the spies, their handlers, the tactics and the run up and completion of the operation How Hitler and Co were fooled and re directed in where the allied troops would launch their invasion is almost too unbelievable for words If it were a book of fiction, you d shake your head in sheer disbelief at the credulity of the bad guys to fall for such a plot But this is not fiction, and the broad axe tactics employed by allied counter intelligence and a motley crew of spies no doubt saved thousand of lives on D Day

  2. says:

    With this narrative Mr Macintyre once again proves he is a master of telling the stories of British Intelligence This book isthan the story of Operation Fortitude, the Allies attempt to convince the Germans that the invasion of France was going to be somewhere other than Normandy The author tells the story of how British Intelligence MI 6 completely penetrated the German spy network in Great Britain and used that control to tell the Germans exactly what the Allies wanted them to hear With this narrative Mr Macintyre once again proves he is a master of telling the stories of British Intelligence This book isthan the story of Operation Fortitude, the Allies attempt to convince the Germans that the invasion of France was going to be somewhere other than Normandy The author tells the story of how British Intelligence MI 6 completely penetrated the German spy network in Great Britain and used that control to tell the Germans exactly what the Allies wanted them to hear and to a great extent what the Germans themselves wanted to believe According to the author, every agent Germany attempted to insert into Great Britain was captured Most were imprisoned, a few executed and some became double agentsThe author does a good job of describing the covert intel war on the Iberian Peninsula It seems it became the central theater in the war between MI 6 and German Intelligence the Abwehr Especially in the early war, most of the German controllers were based in either Spain or Portugal In telling the story of the Abwehr s attempts to get agents into Britain, Mr Macintyre does an excellent job to discussing the weaknesses and frankly the gullibility in the German agents controlling their British Spy ring.He looks at how both sides recruited agents, controlled them, their methods of communications and how the British used the time delay for getting information from Britain to Spain to their advantage Sometimes this was done in letting agents give the Germans actual operational details, but timed in such a way that they would arrive too late to be of any use.When he starts telling of the story of Operation Fortitude, he looks at just how the information the agents were giving the Germans reinforced their preconceived notions of when and where they invasions would take place the area around the Pal de Calais in northern France and closest part of France to Britain He also tells of how they inflated the Allied Order of Battle to such an extent that even after the troops landed on D Day the Germans believed that there was still enough strength in Britain to conduct another landing.In addition to the double agents, the author does look at some of the other methods the Allies used to reinforce what they where sending their German controllers This includes the famous rubber vehicles and planes, false radio traffic, using General Patton as a decoy etc.The author also looks at the American attempts to get into the intel game how it almost cost MI 6 one of their better agents It seems that in the attempt to be good partners, MI 6 let the FBI OSS run one the agents who had moved to the US The attempt failed because Herbert Hoover, the head of the FBI, did not believe in or trust double agents and wouldn t allow the agent to be given anything at all believable or of any use to the Germans After about six months the agent reverted to British control and according to the author left a bad taste all around and a rather large hotel bill for the Americans to pay.Finally, in telling the stories of the agents he really does look at their motivations The men and women s reasons ran the gamut from patriotism, one was a Polish Fighter pilot who despised the Germans, to greed, a couple of them were looking for someone to bankroll their lifestyles, to boredom with life and the thought that spying would be exciting The author includes an epilogue that tells what happened to the main characters after the war that I found extremely interesting.I found this a very informational and gripping read It is definitely a 4 star read I rounded down for GR

  3. says:

    This is an astonishingly good, absolutely riveting account of a disparate group of individuals whose exploits during WW2 went largely unsung It was provided to me by netgalley and is well written with humor, empathy and clarity It brings in accounts of other operations and the bigger picture to provide context, but never moves away from the double agents themselves.I honestly had no idea that such an infuriating, temperamental, intelligent and diverse a group of people played such an important This is an astonishingly good, absolutely riveting account of a disparate group of individuals whose exploits during WW2 went largely unsung It was provided to me by netgalley and is well written with humor, empathy and clarity It brings in accounts of other operations and the bigger picture to provide context, but never moves away from the double agents themselves.I honestly had no idea that such an infuriating, temperamental, intelligent and diverse a group of people played such an important role in the success of the D Day landings, or in assisting the work of the codebreakers at Bletchley Park They all did the work for a variety of reasons from greed to boredom to fierce hatred of the Nazis, but there is no doubting the courage of any of them, nor the complete ignorance in the Nazis in trusting in them so blindly I found the comparisons between the German and British intelligent organizations fascinating After all, the individuals running them and operating in them were essentially equally capable, equally intelligent and equally well resourced So why did the British succeed where the Nazis didn t, and not only succeed, but succeed with such panache This was a wonderful read I loved reading some of the bonkers messages the agents sent to their German case officers, and hearing about their various exploits.I particularly enjoyed the epilogue, which beautifully and concisely described what happened to the double agents, their case officers from both sides and associates after the war, but ends exactly where it should, paying tribute to the agent who was possibly most flawed, most dodgy, least brave, and yet, most courageous when faced with Nazi torture He ultimately gave his life to save thousands of allied soldiers landing in Normandy.Just read it 5 stars

  4. says:

    This book was absolutely hilarious It is proof of the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction I don t think any fiction authors could invent the wacky people in this book because they wouldn t have been believed.I quote a few sentences from the book to prove my point p.5 6 For the D Day spies were, without question, one of the oddest military units ever assembled They included a bisexual Peruvian playgirl, a tiny Polish fighter pilot, a mercurial Frenchwoman a Serbian seducer, and a This book was absolutely hilarious It is proof of the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction I don t think any fiction authors could invent the wacky people in this book because they wouldn t have been believed.I quote a few sentences from the book to prove my point p.5 6 For the D Day spies were, without question, one of the oddest military units ever assembled They included a bisexual Peruvian playgirl, a tiny Polish fighter pilot, a mercurial Frenchwoman a Serbian seducer, and a deeply eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming.the Double Cross spies were, variously, courageous, treacherous, capricious, greedy and inspired.One was so obsessed with her pet dog that she came close to derailing the entire invasion All were, to some extent fantasists, for that is the very essence of espionage Two were of dubious moral character.One was a triple, and possibly a quadruple, agent The author is quite aware of how funny his material can be in places but in typical British understated style, simply presents the information knowing that readers would find this funnier for it not being labeled as such However, before anyone gets the idea that the writer is simply having a great time with this material, the last few pages are a tribute to one spy in particular who likely died in a concentration camp although no one really knows his fate He also makes it clear throughout the book how essential this effort was The misinformation fed to the Germans meant that they refused to move additional troops to Normandy when D Day happened This kept the casualties much lower than they would have otherwise and possibly kept the end of the war from being a few years later In many ways, James Bond would have been unable to keep up with these people, at least intellectually Physically, of course, 007 would have outstripped them easily These people were warriors with words, not your typical warriors Many of the actual warriors survived the war thanks to the outrageous lies these people fed their German handlers However, the success of the entire unit belonged to the supervisors of these people They had to baby, cajole, humor, lie, carouse, and threaten these people, never being completely sure that a few of them weren t actually working for the other side and deceiving the Brits The author notes that this story wouldn t have been able to be written at all if the British secret services hadn t fairly recently decided to open up the files for this time period The spies themselves pretty much expected that their stories would never be known To sum up, this book is serious history written with a keen eye for the absurd Highly recommended I plan on rereading it again some day when my to read pile isn t so ridiculous

  5. says:

    D Day The beginning of the end of the Second World War But for this massive operation to succeed the Allies had to do every trick in the book to convince the Nazis that the invasion was going to take place in a different location.So was conceived Operation Fortitude, an audacious plan of lies, deception and misinformation to persuade the military that the invasion was going to take place in Norway and Calais This team of double agents, Bronx, Brutus, Treasure, Tricycle and Garbo fed back to t D Day The beginning of the end of the Second World War But for this massive operation to succeed the Allies had to do every trick in the book to convince the Nazis that the invasion was going to take place in a different location.So was conceived Operation Fortitude, an audacious plan of lies, deception and misinformation to persuade the military that the invasion was going to take place in Norway and Calais This team of double agents, Bronx, Brutus, Treasure, Tricycle and Garbo fed back to their German masters this picture of troop movements and build of arms and materiel Even though there were some doubters in the German echelons, this story dreamt up by a team in London was swallowed hook line and sinker.But it so nearly wasn t Macintyre brings alive the tension as the web of deceit was spun, from the near misses as agents were arrested, to the appalling handling of agent Treasure, over petty amounts of money He describes their character, flaws and ultimately courage of the job that they performed Macintyre must have sifted through hundreds of secret documents to shine a light on these people, and their handlers, who probably saved thousands of lives on both sides as the allies got a foothold in France.As will all of his history books he reveals the lives of those who lived in the shadows and smoke of the espionage game, people who most would have never heard of, and the key roles they played in changing European and World history Well written as usual, there are points where it reads like a spy thriller, even though it was really life

  6. says:

    I m so glad I listened to this audiobook I ve had several of Mr Macintyre s books on my to read list for a while, and this one didn t disappoint I ve read multiple books on British WWII intelligence and D day deception schemes my first novel was about D day deceptions schemes, so I did a fair amount of research , but I still learned something new This book will now be my go to recommendation for readers wanting a nonfiction account of D day spies Great bit of history told with skilled writ I m so glad I listened to this audiobook I ve had several of Mr Macintyre s books on my to read list for a while, and this one didn t disappoint I ve read multiple books on British WWII intelligence and D day deception schemes my first novel was about D day deceptions schemes, so I did a fair amount of research , but I still learned something new This book will now be my go to recommendation for readers wanting a nonfiction account of D day spies Great bit of history told with skilled writing My favorite kind of narrative history

  7. says:

    A great story about the misinformation fed to German intelligence by a group of spies and double agents working for MI5 during WW2 culminating in a successful D Day landing at Normandy.

  8. says:

    This book Is Amazing.Do you know how many uncaptured German spies were operating in Britain during WWII Zero.That s right.Every single German spy was either captured or became part of MI5 s XX System, aka Double Cross And each one of them was a character As McIntyre puts it They included a bisexual Peruvian playgirl, a tiny Polish fighter pilot, a mercurial Frenchwoman a Serbian seducer, and a deeply eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming Together, under Robertson s guid This book Is Amazing.Do you know how many uncaptured German spies were operating in Britain during WWII Zero.That s right.Every single German spy was either captured or became part of MI5 s XX System, aka Double Cross And each one of them was a character As McIntyre puts it They included a bisexual Peruvian playgirl, a tiny Polish fighter pilot, a mercurial Frenchwoman a Serbian seducer, and a deeply eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming Together, under Robertson s guidance, they delivered all of the little lies that together made up the big lie The Double Cross spies were, variously, courageous, treacherous, capricious, greedy, and inspired They were not obvious heroes, and their organization was betrayed from within by a Soviet spy One was so obsessed with her pet dog that she came close to derailing the entire invasion All were, to some extent, fantasists, for that is the very essence of espionage Two were of dubious moral character.One was a triple, and possibly a quadruple, agent The story of the Double Cross spies reads like a British farce, up to and including the fact that all of the spies were given punny names One of the handlers thought of the entire war in times of cricket One agent, codenamed Garbo, created an entirely imaginary network of sub spies that comprised 27 hallucinated agents Another nearly drove MI5 to send a warship to bring her dog over and avoid the sacrosanct quarantine laws Yet another began his career in Portugal, making up fake reports for the Germans about Liverpudlians hanging out in wine bars and naval exercises in what turned out to be landlocked lakes No matter how easily the British managed to defeat the Germans in the spying game, the Soviets Cambridge Five had just as successfully infiltrated them Yet the Cambridge Five were, if anything, too successful knowing from their spies about Double Cross, the Soviets were convinced their own agents had also been doubled Oh, the perils of paranoia Double Cross is occasionally poignant it is, after all, about WWII and often incredible, but above all, it is hands down funny. My favourite quote One evening, in his safe house in Hinxton, near Cambridge, Caroli crept up behind his minder while he was playing solitaire and tried to throttle him with a piece of rope When this failed, he apologized, tied the man to a chair, and ran off with a can of sardines, a pineapple, and a large canvas shoe He then stole a motorcycle and motored, very slowly, toward the coast with the canoe balanced on his head He intended to paddle to Holland A roadman reported to police that a man with a canoe had fallen off his motorcycle on Pamisford road, and he had helped the man throw the canoe over a hedge If you re looking for a crazy fun nonfiction book to read, then Double Cross is it

  9. says:

    The elaborate plans of the British with the help of their double agents from several countries made possible the D Day landings in Normandy in World War II, duped the Germans into sending their main armies to other venues and thus the Allies won the war.Ben Macintyre writes this historical series of events with humour and drama for Double Cross was a magnificent and ingeniously stage managed inspiration by Tar Robertson and others in MI5 and M16 that could so easily have gone horribly wrong Tha The elaborate plans of the British with the help of their double agents from several countries made possible the D Day landings in Normandy in World War II, duped the Germans into sending their main armies to other venues and thus the Allies won the war.Ben Macintyre writes this historical series of events with humour and drama for Double Cross was a magnificent and ingeniously stage managed inspiration by Tar Robertson and others in MI5 and M16 that could so easily have gone horribly wrong That none for the many double agents and others who knew about the deception betrayed them to the Germans was remarkable.This story tells of the fake armies amassed at fake destinations An actor posed as Montgomery to fool the enemy into thinking he was on his way to North Africa Double agent pigeons with messages soldered to their legs among them, the RAF homing pigeon, Gustav, whose message reported enemy aircraft traffic whereabouts on his return to Portsmouth There is much to discover in this extraordinary book If it were fiction one would assume it was too far fetched but it is all true Highly recommended and entertaining reading

  10. says:

    I ran out of gas around page 65 I don t know why I keep picking up spy non fiction books when I know that there is nothing exciting about the life of a real spy Only James Bond, that Bourne guy and Sterling Archer have exciting lives in espionage and they are fictitious characters and that Bourne guy wasn t even a spy technically, he was just a crazy assassin who lost his marbles.

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