Double Cross

Double Cross

The True Story of the D-day Spies

Book - 2012
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Recounts the story of the six double agents--Bronx, Brutus, Treasure, Tricycle and Garbo--who would weave a web of deception so intricate that it ensnared Hitler's army and helped to carry thousands of troops across the Channel in safety on 6 June 1944, D-Day.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307888754
0307888754
Branch Call Number: 940.5421421 MAC NVD
Characteristics: 399 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: True story of the D-day spies

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SPSit
Sep 12, 2016

This is very well researched book. The irony is that during the Second World War, when there were so much hardship, including food rationing, these spies had lived a rather extravagant life style. Truly amazing.

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rb3221
Sep 25, 2015

This is a story about the five key double cross spies (and about the mysterious sixth spy) who spent years deceiving the Germans into believing the D-Day invasion would take place at the Pas-de-Calais and Norway and not at Normandy. Truly an intricate, strong and eventually successful web of deception. Macintyre outlines how this very unusual crop of spies controlled and manipulated every single German agent and were turned by MI5 into double agents. In Churchill's own words it was "tangle within tangle, plot and counter-plot, ruse and false agent, cross and double-cross, true agent, false agent ... all woven into a texture so intricate as to be incredible and yet true." This sting, called Operation Fortitude, was truly ingenious even though the Aberwhr itself was riddled with incompetence, corruption and anti-Hitler sentiment. Perhaps that is one very valid reason why the spies were so successful.
The agents were at times very unprofessional and perhaps even a threat to D-Day but somehow their covers were not blown and in the author's view they saved thousands of lives, especially since as many as 22 German divisions remained at the Pas-de Calais even as the Normandy invasion was occurring.
This is a well written, easy to read non-fiction book that reads like fiction. I enjoyed it very much.

jootysun Aug 28, 2014

Perhaps I didn't give it a solid try. But a couple chapters in and I'm already dreading reading the book the next day. That's when you know you should stop.

The story is interesting in itself. However, Macintyre's writing style is verbose and the pacing is slow. What would have been a gripping tale turned into a rather bland historical recount of the lives of five eccentric people.

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SEBoiko
Nov 05, 2012

Spies and Pigeons !

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Nov 05, 2012

You have forfeited your life, but there is a way of saving your life.

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