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The Spies Who Never Were: The True Story of…

The Spies Who Never Were: The True Story of the Nazi Spies Who Were…

by Hervie Haufler

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Incredible. Amazing. According to the research by author Hervie Haufler, ALL of the supposed Nazi spies in England during WWII were actually double agents. This book gives short descriptions of the lives of some of the most important of these agents--every one of which would make a fantastic movie. The background and activities of the double agents are the focus of the book. The author gives details about how carefully the communications from the double agents were coordinated in order to provide the Nazis with tantalizing pieces of info that they would assemble into a "big picture" of the strength of the Allied forces. With the barrage of misinformation, along with the use of inflatable tanks, plywood planes, etc., they were able to convince Hitler of the existence of entire "notional" (i.e., fictional) armies poised to strike north Africa, Norway, Pas de Calais in France, and so forth. Then it describes how, under the guidance of British intelligence, they mounted an elaborate scheme to convince Hitler that the attack on Normandy was going to be only a minor feint.
The author himself is a hale and hearty 80-something who was one of the few U.S. servicemen to work with the code-breakers at England's famous Bletchley Park. This is one of the first books he's ever written, I believe, so his style is somewhat awkward. However, the subject matter more than makes up for it. Highly recommended. ( )
  m.c.wade | Feb 12, 2009 |
Unbelievabe! Were there actually any German spys that actually worked for Nazi Germany? Were they really all double agents? ( )
  kenck4 | Nov 20, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451217519, Paperback)

In 1940, Hitler infiltrated England with spies to gather intelligence and disrupt Allied plans. But unbeknownst to the Germans, the entire network had been captured and "turned" into double agents who reported to the British while sending misinformation to the Germans about Allied defenses and strategy. Now, after decades of secrecy, comes the first complete account of the British network that ran this "phony war."

Readers will meet "Tricycle," the model for Ian Fleming's James Bond and "Tate," who so expertly deceived the Germans that he was awarded the Iron Cross. And the greatest double agent of all, who convinced the Germans he was their principal spy in the U.K.-even as he helped the Allies pull off the greatest deception in the history of warfare

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Describes the role of a network of German spies, sent by Hitler in 1940 to England to gather intelligence on Allied plans, who in reality became a cadre of double agents who reported to the British while sending misinformation to the Nazis about Allied strategy and defenses.… (more)

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