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Jason, Sonya N. MARIA GULOVICH, OSS HEROINE OF WORLD WAR II: The Schoolteacher Who Saved American Lives in Slovakia. . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009). Foreword by Paul Robert Magocsi. 6x9. 28 photos, notes, bibliography, index, 298 pp.

~~~ This book tells the story of Slovak underground member Maria Gulovich’s unlikely heroism, focusing on the former elementary schoolteacher’s courageous actions in saving American OSS agents. It describes how, while trapped with the agents behind enemy lines, she forayed into enemy occupied villages to find scarce food for the starving men, spied out enemy troop strength, and occasionally obtained shelter from blizzards with terrified but kind citizens. For her heroism, the U.S. government presented her with a Bronze Star. The work includes an extensive bibliography, a map of the area held by insurrectionists, and several photographs offering a glimpse of World War II seldom seen.


Lucas, Peter. THE OSS IN WORLD WAR II ALBANIA: Covert Operations and Collaboration with Communist Partisans. . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007). 6x9. 19 photos, maps, notes, bibliography, index, 236 pp.

~~~ World War II found Albania fighting a war within a war. In addition to the threat faced from the Germans, Albania was engaged in a civil war between the Nazi-sponsored Ballists and the Communist partisans led by Enver Hoxha. While America was reluctant to get involved in the civil conflict, the United States was naturally inclined to lend support to whoever fought the Nazis--even if that meant an alliance with the Communists. On a cold November night in 1943, Dale McAdoo (code named Tank) secretly landed on the Albanian coast with a team of OSS (Office of Strategic Services) agents, including Ismail Carapizzi, an Albanian guide and interpreter who would later be murdered. McAdoo’s team, the first of many to follow, set up a base of operations in a deep water level cave on the rocky Albanian coast that served the OSS as it carried out its mission of gathering intelligence to support the Allied war effort and harass the Germans. McAdoo was joined by Captain Tom Stefan (code name Art), an Albanian-speaking OSS officer from Boston, whose assignment was to join Hoxha at his remote mountain headquarters and bond with the reclusive Communist leader to benefit the OSS.
~~~ This volume describes how the OSS aided the Communist-led partisans in an attempt to weaken the Nazi cause in Albania and neighboring Italy. The book presents an in-depth look at the small core of hardened men who comprised these highly specialized teams, including each member’s background and his special fitness for his wartime role behind enemy lines. The American and British presence in Albania during World War II and the later deterioration of Hoxha’s relations with Captain Tom Stefan and the OSS mission are discussed in detail. Firsthand interviews with still-living participants and extensive onsite research make this book a unique resource for a little-known dramatic piece of World War II history


Nelson, Wayne. A SPY'S DIARY OF WORLD WAR II: Inside the OSS with an American Agent in Europe. . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007). 6x9. 7 photos, index, 210 pp.

~~~ Here is the wartime diary of Wayne Nelson, an OSS officer who served in North Africa and Europe during World War II. A prewar colleague of Allen Dulles, Nelson joined an infant OSS after failing to join the Navy because of a vision disability, and he went on to serve in North Africa, Sicily, Sardinia, Italy, Corsica, and mainland France. Erudite and a skilled writer, Nelson captured intriguing observations about some of the most important spy operations of the war, and his diary entries offer a thrilling, readable and informative glimpse into the life of a spy during World War II.


O'Donnell, Patrick K. THEY DARED RETURN: The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany . . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (De Capo Press, 2009). 6x9. Illustrations, appendices, notes, index, 264 pp.

~~~ Having barely escaped Germany, several Jewish friends are determined to strike back at the Third Reich while their families languish in concentration camps. After months of training with the U.S. Army, a small group of spies is formed, including several former German soldiers now willing to betray their Fuhrer for the greater good of Germany. The mission's commander is a Jewish sergeant who only months earlier was plucked from the streets of Brooklyn. The men are sent on a covert operation deep into the heavily fortified area of Austria's ''Alpine Redoubt, '' where Hitler planned to make his last stand. Capture meant almost certain death; success, a swift end to the war. Using recently declassified files, private documents, and personal interviews, military historian Patrick K. O'Donnell has written another cinematic World War II drama, filled with an unforgettable cast of characters and packed with action, suspense, and intrigue.


Waller, Douglas. WILD BILL DONOVAN: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage . . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Free Press, 2011). 6x9. Bibliography, notes, index, 480 pp.

~~~ He was one of America’s most exciting and secretive generals—the man Franklin Roosevelt made his top spy in World War II. A mythic figure whose legacy is still intensely debated, “Wild Bill” Donovan was director of the Office of Strategic Services (the country’s first national intelligence agency) and the father of today’s CIA. Donovan introduced the nation to the dark arts of covert warfare on a scale it had never seen before. Now, veteran journalist Douglas Waller has mined government and private archives throughout the United States and England, drawn on thousands of pages of recently declassified documents, and interviewed scores of Donovan’s relatives, friends, and associates to produce a riveting biography of one of the most powerful men in modern espionage. William Joseph Donovan’s life was packed with personal drama. The son of poor Irish Catholic parents, he married into Protestant wealth and fought heroically in World War I, where he earned the nickname “Wild Bill” for his intense leadership and the Medal of Honor for his heroism. After the war he made millions as a Republican lawyer on Wall Street until FDR, a Democrat, tapped him to be his strategic intelligence chief. A charismatic leader, Donovan was revered by his secret agents. Yet at times he was reckless—risking his life unnecessarily in war zones, engaging in extramarital affairs that became fodder for his political enemies—and he endured heartbreaking tragedy when family members died at young ages.
~~~ Wild Bill Donovan reads like an action-packed spy thriller, with stories of daring young men and women in his OSS sneaking behind enemy lines for sabotage, breaking into Washington embassies to steal secrets, plotting to topple Adolf Hitler, and suffering brutal torture or death when they were captured by the Gestapo. It is also a tale of political intrigue, of infighting at the highest levels of government, of powerful men pitted against one another. Donovan fought enemies at home as often as the Axis abroad. Generals in the Pentagon plotted against him.
~~~ J. Edgar Hoover had FBI agents dig up dirt on him. Donovan stole secrets from the Soviets before the dawn of the Cold War and had intense battles with Winston Churchill and British spy chiefs over foreign turf. Separating fact from fiction, Waller investigates the successes and the occasional spectacular failures of Donovan’s intelligence career.
~~~ It makes for a gripping and revealing portrait of this most controversial spymaster.


click to enlarge Cowburn, Benjamin. NO CLOAK, NO DAGGER: Allied Spycraft in Occupied France. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Frontline Books, 2009). 6x0, 244 pages.

~~~ The memoir of SOE agent Benjamin Cowburn is rightly regarded as a classic of wartime literature. In simple, gripping detail Cowburn explains the methods of special agents who were dropped into France during the war and the ways that agents would set about establishing secure networks with the French Resistance. He also shows how agents were able to travel across France, how they set up transmitters and contacted their British headquarters for orders, and how they arranged airplane pick-ups and deliveries of supplies.
~~~ His account sheds light on the views of both the Resistance fighters facing torture at the hands of the Gestapo and their besieged French countrymen. He notes the tensions within the different command centers, in particular between the French leader-in-exile Charles de Gaulle and his British counterparts, who were all eager to control the efforts of the Resistance.
~~~ Cowburn gives fascinating general lessons in the art of spying from establishing a worthy target to executing an operation but also tells the full story of his own sabotage operations, including the effective destruction of cylinders for thirteen locomotives in the dead of night. As in so many operations, mistakes were made which could have led to numerous arrests. In this case, the details of the operation had accidentally been left on a blackboard in the school where they had planned the raid, but were luckily scrubbed out by the headmaster’s wife. On another occasion, Cowburn snuck itching powder into the laundry of Luftwaffe agents to cause a disruption.
~~~ This new edition contains an Introduction by M.R.D Foot and a Foreword by Sebastian Faulks.


click to enlarge Hudson, Sydney. UNDERCOVER OPERATOR: An SOE Agent's Experiences in France and the Far East. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2003). 6x9, 208 pages.

~~~ Memoirs of SOE agents have always been rare - so many were either killed in action or executed - and today they are almost unheard of. But Sydney Hudson's story, which he has waited nearly sixty years to tell, is just about as dramatic and thrilling as any to have ever appeared. After volunteering for guerilla operations should the Germans occupy Britain, he transferred to SOE. He spent most of the Second World War in France, remarkably surviving 15 months captivity and interrogation before making a daring and thrilling escape through the Pyrenees into Spain. Shortly after he was back in France, again by parachute, to organize resistance operations until the arrival of the US 3rd Army. More secret missions followed behind enemy lines with a female agent. Thereafter he volunteered for further SOE work in the Far East where he served in India and Thailand. He was twice decorated with the Distinguished Service Order for his efforts and also awarded the Croix de Guerre and it is easy for the reader of this book to see why.
~~~ Undercover Operator is a fascinating mix of true drama, rich excitement and refreshing good-humor. It is no exaggeration to say that it makes a significant contribution to the history of SOE.


click to enlarge Jackson, John. CODE WARS: How ‘Ultra’ and ‘Magic’ Led to Allied Victory. NEW copy, hardcover. (Pen & Sword, 2011). 6x9, 16 pages of b&w photographs. 224 pages.

~~~ When the top secret code breaking activities at Bletchley Park were revealed in the 1970s, much of the history of the Second World War had to be rewritten. Code Wars examines the role of ULTRA (the intelligence derived from breaking secret enemy signals) on major events of the Second World War. It examines how it influenced the outcome of key battles such as D-Day, El Alamein, Crete, key naval battles, the controversy surrounding Churchill and Coventry, the shadowing of Hitler’s V1 pilotless aircraft and the V2 rocket.
~~~ The book also examines the pioneering work in breaking Enigma by the Polish cryptographers, and the building of Colossus, the world’s first digital, programmable computer, which helped unravel the secret orders of Hitler and the German High Command. It also tells the story of the American successes in breaking Japanese signals, known as Magic. The vital role of the intercept stations which took down the enemy messages, providing the raw material for the cryptographers to break, is also explored.
~~~ The book shows how the code breakers were able to shorten the war by as much as two years and bring Signals Intelligence, in the postwar years, into a new era of military intelligence gathering.


click to enlarge Jonason, Tommy & Simon Olsson. AGENT ROSE. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Amberley, 2013). 6x9, 55 illustrations. 288 pages.

~~~ This is the Second World War career of the longest serving double agent in the Double Cross system who operated from September 1940 to the end of war. He was dropped by parachute in England in September 1940, but was quickly caught after being betrayed by a fellow agent who had arrived some weeks earlier. He was taken to Camp 020 for interrogation by the team led by the famous Colonel ‘Tin-Eye’ Stephens, and eventually agreed to work as a double agent with the cover name Tate. He sent more than a thousand messages during the war for the Double Cross organization, whose aim was deception and supplying disinformation to the Nazi regime.
~~~ To finance his activities several schemes were used by the Germans, including a secret meeting with a Japanese on a number 16 London bus. After reporting about various areas of interest for the Germans he took part in the D-Day deception. Finally, after the war he settled in Watford with the name Harry Williamson and worked as a photographer. He was almost completely anonymous (although still protected by MI5), partly through fear of revenge, until his name was revealed in the 1990s.
~~~ While Ben Macintyre’s Agent Zigzag was a Number 1 bestseller, Agent Tate is even more interesting and had a much longer World War II spying career.


click to enlarge McCue, Paul. BEHIND ENEMY LINES WITH THE SAS: The story of Amédée Maingard, SOE Agent. NEW copy, hardcover. (Pen & Sword, 2008). 6x9, 16 pages of b&w photographs. 256 pages.

~~~ Amédée Maingard was a young Mauritian studying in London in 1939 who volunteered for the British Army. After a frustrating spell in the infantry, Maingard joining the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and later had a successful career as a leader and peace keeper in France and later Mauritius.
~~~ Maingard returned to Mauritius and was instrumental in developing the island’s tourism and hotel industry. Founder and first Chairman of Air Mauritius, he became one of his country’s most successful postwar businessmen before illness cut short his ambition and he died in 1981 at the age of 62.


click to enlarge McCue, Paul. SAS OPERATION BULBASKET. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2010). 6x9, 256 pages.

~~~ The story of Operation Bulbasket is one of such tension and drama that any resume which revealed its outcome would rob the reader of the vital element of suspense. Suffice it to say that on 6 June, 1944, known to history as D-Day, two members of the SAS were dropped by parachute deep behind the lines in enemy-occupied France. Shortly to be followed by others, amounting in all to fifty-five men, their task was to disrupt in every way possible the movement of German troops to the north to repel the Allied invasion of Normandy. Only now, with the release of hitherto classified documents and thanks to a remarkable amount of painstaking research on Paul McCue’s part, can the full story of Operation Bulbasket be told.
~~~ The author has traced the surviving main participants and, by their various but often contradictory accounts and much careful detective work, has managed to piece together what really happened in those dramatic eight weeks after 6 June. Indeed, thanks to this book, those survivors have only learned the full story which was hidden from them for over fifty years. This has to be one of the most remarkable stories ever to be written about the Second World War.


click to enlarge Nicolson, David D., ARISTIDE, WARLORD OF THE RESISTANCE. London: Leo Cooper, 1994. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. Two full page maps, glossary of code names, notes, appendices, index, 214 pages.

~~~ This is the story of Roger Landes - "Aristide" of F Section, Special Operations Executive - who was born in Paris of British parents and came to London in 1938, to work in the LCC's Architects Department. After being trained as a wireless operator in the Royal Signals, he was recruited into SOE, where he trained with figures such as Claude de Baissac and Harry Pueleve. Although jinxed in his attempts to parachute into France, including being "shot down" by an owl, he eventually became wireless operator in Bordeaux for the "Scientist" circuit. Just as he took over command of the circuit, he was betrayed and forced to flee, and later returned to find only one contact alive and in place. By D-Day he commanded over 5000 armed, trained resisters who disrupted transport in the region by destroying 438 locomotives and numerous power-lines. By the Liberation, he commanded more than 7000 men and had organized the peaceful transition to French government in South-West France. Ordered out of the country by de Gaulle, Landes had a spell in hospital before being parachuted into Malaya to train the population to resist the Japanese, and was there at the surrender in August 1945.
~~~ Following de Gaulle's resignation he was highly decorated by the French Government, and in 1992 was made an Officer of the Legion d'Honneur. He also holds the MC and Bar, and the Croix de Guerre.


click to enlarge O'Connor, Bernard. AGENT ROSE. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Amberley, 2013). 6x9, 26 color illustrations. 264 pages.

~~~ In September 2010, the body of Eileen Nearne was found in a flat in Torquay. With no known friends or relatives, a council burial was arranged. A police search of her belongings found wartime French currency, and wartime medals. Further investigation revealed that she was one of 40 women sent into France by the SOE, the Special Operations Executive, Churchill's top-secret wartime 'spook' organization. Her story and her poignant death as a recluse became an international media sensation.
~~~ Being fluent in French Eileen was identified early in the war by the SOE as a potential agent. After spending time as a wireless operator picking up transmissions from agents in the field and decoding them, she was chosen to be parachuted into occupied France, underwent paramilitary training and was assigned the codename 'ROSE'. After working in dangerous conditions in Paris for several months, she was captured, interrogated and tortured. Keeping to her story that she was an unwitting French girl caught up in resistance work, she was transferred to a series of concentration camps in Germany. She miraculously escaped from a concentration camp in early 1945.
~~~ Eileen had difficulty adjusting to living in post-war Britain, suffered from a nervous breakdown and eventually became a recluse.


click to enlarge O'Connor, Bernard. CHURCHILL'S ANGELS. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Amberley, 2012). 6x9, 30 illustrations plus 16 pages of mono section. 288 pages.

~~~ Over 70 female agents were sent out by Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War. These women – as well as others from clandestine Allied organizations – were flown out and parachuted or landed into occupied Europe on vital and highly dangerous missions: their job was to work with resistance movements both before and after D-Day. Here Bernard O’Connor relates the experiences of these agents of by drawing on a range of sources, including many of the women’s accounts of their wartime service. There are stories of rigorous training, thrilling undercover operations evading capture by the Gestapo in Nazi-occupied France, tragic betrayals and extraordinary courage.


click to enlarge O'Connor, Bernard. CHURCHILL'S MOST SECRET AIRFIELD: RAF Tempsford. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Amberley, 2013). 5x8, 20 illustrations. 256 pages.

~~~ Designed by illusionist Jasper Maskelyne, RAF Tempsford was constructed to give overflying enemy aircraft the impression it was disused. Nothing could be further from the truth – just after dusk on moonlit nights either side of the full moon, planes from the 138 and 161 Squadrons would take off on top-secret missions to the heart of the war-torn Continent. They had to fly low and without lights in order to identify drop zones and deliver the supplies and secret agents that would help the resistance forces liberate Europe. But despite the attention of Churchill and George VI, the airfield’s secrets have long remained an untold chapter in the story of the war.
~~~ Based on over a decade’s extensive research, Churchill’s Most Secret Airfield: RAF Tempsford is filled with intrigue, suspense, heartbreak, and humor. It is a fascinating account of a deadly serious business.


click to enlarge Perquin, Jean-Louis. CLANDESTINE PARACHUTE PICK-UP OPERATIONS. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Histoire & Collections, 2011). 8x10, illustrated. 265 pages.

~~~ This second volume of the collection Resistance is devoted to the parachuting and picking up of agents, from 1940 to 1944. It is a gripping frieze of these operations and a vigorous tribute to those heroes of the resistance whom the author describes here, using both his extensive personal documentation, connections among the veterans and many museum conservators throughout Europe. The reconstitution is rigorous and the information precise about both material and methods, and the wealth of pictures will live up to the expectations of most enlightened amateurs. But above all, each reader can discover the personal life stories more intimately, from the training exercises in England awaiting departure, to the sacrifices made so freely in carrying out the missions.


click to enlarge Perquin, Jean-Louis. THE CLANDESTINE RADIO OPERATORS: SOE BCRA OSS. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Histoire & Collections, 2011). 8.25x9.75, 300 photographs. 112 pages.

~~~ All Resistance and radio buffs have been waiting for this book, abundantly illustrated (300 photos 70 of which in color) and giving an exhaustive account of the real champions of Free France – the Allied underground radio operators parachuted into Occupied Territory.
~~~ Ruthlessly pursued by the Germans, the radio operators had a life expectancy of six months… For the first time, the training they received in England is described in detail and five accounts describe how these heroes lived daily. Most of the radio equipment, some of which is very rare, is shown for the first time with color photos. The son of a Resistance worker, Jean-Louis Perquin has earned the friendship and the trust of the veterans and has drawn attention to himself by publishing articles on what Allied special agents wore when they were dropped into enemy occupied territory. In touch with a lot of historians and museum curators in the States, Great Britain, Norway and France, he has drawn up this first title in the “Resistance” collection with devotion and humility.

OUT OF PRINT. Limited supply.


click to enlarge Perrin, Nigel. SPIRIT OF RESISTANCE: The Life of SOE Agent Harry Peulevé, DSO MC. NEW copy, hardcover.. (Pen & Sword, 2009). 6x9, 16 pages of b&w illustrations. 240 pages.

~~~ One of the most determined and courageous secret agents of the Second World War, Harry Peulevé joined the BEF in 1940 before volunteering for F Section of the Special Operations Executive. On his first mission to occupied France to set up the SCIENTIST circuit, he broke his leg on landing and, after numerous close calls, made an heroic crossing of the Pyrenees on sticks in December 1942. Imprisoned, he escaped and eventually returned to England in May 1943.
~~~ He formed a close friendship with Violette Szabo before setting out to train a Maquis group in central France. Despite the Gestapo’s repeated attempts to catch him he built up a secret army of several thousand resistance fighters. Eventually betrayed and captured, he was tortured at Avenue Foch but never broken. By coincidence he and Violette met while in captivity before Harry was sent to Buchenwald where he not only avoided execution but also managed to escape reaching American lines in April 1945. Sadly Peulevé never fully recovered from his wartime traumas but nothing can detract from his outstanding courage and contribution. Based on over a decade’s extensive research, Churchill’s Most Secret Airfield: RAF Tempsford is filled with intrigue, suspense, heartbreak, and humor. It is a fascinating account of a deadly serious business.


Ryan, Mark. THE HORNET'S STING: The Amazing Untold Story of World War II Spy Thomas Sneum. . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Skyhorse, 2011). 6x9. Maps, notes, index, 408 pp.

~~~ (from Library Journal): In 1940, Thomas Sneum, a 22-year-old pilot in the Danish Air Arm, refused to stand by while the Germans took over his homeland. He gathered data about Nazi radar installations, using a camera and German contacts. Then he and a fellow pilot pieced back together a disassembled Hornet Moth biplane they had found and flew it to England to share their information. The Hornet lacked the range to make it all the way, requiring Sneum to climb out of the plane onto the wing in midair to refuel. Sneum was eventually recruited by the British and provided valuable information during the war despite the many obstacles in his way, including being jailed as a suspected double agent. Using original documents and hundreds of hours of interviews with Sneum (who died in 2007), Ryan's book is the first to chronicle the journey of the audacious Dane whose real-life exploits include all the key elements of any good spy story: sex, danger, and intrigue. In fact, Ken Follet's The Hornet's Sting was based on this World War II episode, but the real account is more exciting than fiction: readers will find the book hard to put down. Highly recommended.


click to enlarge Warwicker, John. CHURCHILL'S UNDERGROUND ARMY: A History of the Auxiliary Units in World War II. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Frontline Books, 2010). 6x9, 32 pages of plates. 320 pages.

~~~ ‘A carefully researched book on a long-neglected subject which fills a major gap in our Second World War knowledge’ – Norman Longmate, author of If Britain Had Fallen
~~~ British Secret Intelligence Service officers and others in the War Office were never convinced that appeasement would prevent a Nazi invasion. Defying high-level opposition, they quietly worked instead on preemptive ‘Last Ditch’ survival plans. These included a secret resistance network known as the GHQ Auxiliary Units. It was the only one in Europe prepared in advance of an enemy assault.
~~~ The Auxunits were civilian ‘stay-behinds’. One section worked as Patrols, usually consisting of half-a-dozen men in hidden underground operational bases. They were hurriedly selected immediately after the Dunkirk evacuation then trained and equipped with firearms, explosives and booby-traps. Instructed to ‘stay-behind’ underground as the enemy passed over, they were then to emerge each night to commit mayhem for as long as they could stay alive. Others, men and women, would remain behind above ground, to spy on the enemy and communicate intelligence to the Defence Force by a covert radio network. These Units are still effectively secret and this is the most comprehensive history published to date.


click to enlarge Watkins, Gwen. CRACKING THE LUFTWAFFE CODES: The Secrets of Bletchley Park. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Frontline Books, 2010). 4.75x7.5, 8 pages of plates. 240 pages.

~~~ Bletchley Park, or 'Station X', was home to the most famous code breakers of the Second World War. The 19th-century mansion was the key center for cracking German, Italian and Japanese codes, providing the allies with vital information. After the war, many intercepts, traffic-slips and paperwork were burned (allegedly at Churchill's behest). The truth about Bletchley was not revealed until F. Winterbotham's The Ultra Secret was published in 1974.
~~~ However, nothing until now has been written on the German Air Section. In Cracking the Luftwaffe Codes, former WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) Gwen Watkins brings to life the reality of this crucial division.
~~~ In a highly informative, lyrical account, she details her eventful interview, eventual appointment at the 'the biggest lunatic asylum in Britain', methods for cracking codes, the day-to-day routine and decommissioning of her section.


click to enlarge Zembsch-Schreve, Guido. PIERRE LALANDE: Special Agent. NEW copy, hadcover with dust jacket. (London: Leo Cooper [Pen & Sword], 2008). 7x5, Photographs, index, 188 pages.

~~~ "Were someone to have written this story as a novel it would have been dismissed as being in the same category of improbability as the later novels of Ian Fleming. In 1940 a Dutchman goes off to join his country's army-in-exile in Canada, returns to England, joins the SOE, is parachuted into France where he runs a highly successful resistance network, drops his guard for a moment and is arrested by the Germans. Up to that point it could be said that his experiences were not all that dissimilar from those of many members of the SOE. But what happened to him thereafter is so horrifying that it is virtually impossible for ordinary mortals to understand how he survived. To come out of one concentration camp was improbably enough. To survive two and a slave labour camp, where V2 rockets were being assembled, seems incredible. To say, as MRD Foot does in his introduction, that he went through 'the nearest thing to hell on earth' is certainly no exaggeration.
~~~ Almost as remarkable is the modest humour and total lack of bitterness with which he tells his story. As an example of man's will to survive against the most appalling odds, this book has very few equals."



Braunschweig, Pierre-Th. SECRET CHANNEL TO BERLIN: The Masson-Schellenberg Connection and Swiss Intelligence in World War II NEW copy, hardcover. (Casemate, 2004). 6x9, 54 illustrations. 528 pages.

~~~ This book focuses on the delicate connection between the head of Swiss Intelligence, Colonel Roger Masson, and the German Chief of Espionage, SS General Walter Schellenberg. The author had access to hitherto inaccessible documents, including newly discovered material in American archives, to fully illuminate this secret connection for the first time. The book also includes surprising new details about the alarming military threats Switzerland faced in March 1943. Masson's extraordinary secret channel to Berlin was not, of course, the only Swiss intelligence operation during the war. Braunschweig outlines in detail the gradual buildup, tasks and functions of Swiss Intelligence during World War II. He furthermore describes conflicts between Swiss Intelligence and the Federal government in Bern and within the Intelligence service itself. During World War II, Switzerland was famous as a center of spies and espionage fielded by Allies and Axis alike. Less has been known, however, about Switzerland's own Intelligence activities, including its secret sources in Hitler's councils and its counterespionage program at home. With this intensely researched, scholarly, yet exciting book, that gap in the history of wartime Intelligence operations has been filled.


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