By Mark Simmons
This can be the tale of the main profitable German secret agent of worldwide battle II, the Albanian Elyesa Bazna - an untrained opportunist.
Bazna labored as a valet to the British ambassador to Turkey in Ankara. He photographed 'Top Secret' fabric, which he bought for large sums to the Germans. He grew to become the main hugely paid undercover agent in heritage. notwithstanding, he by no means bought to take pleasure in his ill-gotten earnings, for the British banknotes he demanded got here from 'Operation Bernhard', the counterfeiting undertaking arrange through the SD, the Nazi overseas espionage division.
Cicero even stumbled throughout 'Operation Overlord', code-name for D-Day. as a result of in-fighting among numerous German departments, complete use was once by no means made up of this. Having accessed lately published British mystery carrier documents - the affair has continuously been a humiliation to the British.
Mark Simmons weaves jointly own debts via the major characters and data from top-secret records from MI5, MI6 and the CIA to inform the extraordinary tale of Agent Cicero.
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KEY MOMENT GUERNICA Guernica is a town in the Basque country on the north Spanish coast. In spring 1937 it had some 5,000 inhabitants, its numbers being swollen by Republican refugees. On April 26, in support of Nationalist operations designed to secure the city of Bilbao, aircraft of the German Condor Legion, with a few Italian planes, attacked the town. It was market day and besides destroying much of the town the bombing raid caused over 2,500, largely civilian, casualties. It brought home the nature and horrors of modern warfare to the outside world and inspired Spanish artist Pablo Picasso to paint one of his most famous paintings—Guernica.
FURTHER INSTABILITY Democracy returned to Spain with left-wing parties in the ascendancy. They abolished the monarchy in 1931, declared the country a republic, and sent King Alfonso XIII into exile. Right- and left-wing governments followed amid increasing political unrest. Matters came to a head in 1936 when an alliance of left-wing parties called the Popular Front, defeated a coalition composed of Conservative Catholics and the more extreme right-wing Falange Party. The new government immediately banned the Falange, provoking a new wave of violence.
To Italy) IRAQ P ER S IA L I B YA ANGLOEGYPTIAN SUDAN AV IA BULGARIA SIERRA LEONE LIBERIA Black Sea ALB. (to Italy) PALESTINE (British mandate) CAMEROONS (British mandate) NIGERIA GOLD COAST FRENCH EQUATORIAL AFRICA BELGIAN CONGO A OMAN I N D I A HADHRAMAUT S ADEN PROTECTORATE FRENCH SOMALILAND BRITISH SOMALILAND CEYLON M TANGANYIKA (British mandate) NYASALAND NORTHERN RHODESIA ANGOLA I N D I A N (to Portugal) mandate) SOUTHERN RHODESIA SOUTH WEST PORTUGUESE AFRICABECHUANAEAST EGYPT TIBET AN UG KENYA CAMEROONS (French mandate) UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA Germany’s refusal to withdraw from Poland.
Agent Cicero: Hitler's Most Successful Spy by Mark Simmons