By Mark Simmons
This can be the tale of the main profitable German secret agent of global warfare 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 offered for tremendous sums to the Germans. He turned the main hugely paid secret agent in historical past. even if, he by no means bought to take pleasure in his ill-gotten profits, for the British banknotes he demanded got here from 'Operation Bernhard', the counterfeiting undertaking arrange through the SD, the Nazi international espionage division.
Cicero even stumbled throughout 'Operation Overlord', code-name for D-Day. as a result of in-fighting among quite a few German departments, complete use used to be by no means made from this. Having accessed lately published British mystery carrier documents - the affair has continually been a humiliation to the British.
Mark Simmons weaves jointly own debts by means of the major characters and knowledge from top-secret documents from MI5, MI6 and the CIA to inform the magnificent tale of Agent Cicero.
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He decided not to act. XII (Wiesbaden): Teleprints arrived late, decoding took time and the revolt had already collapsed before decisions could be taken. XIII (Nuremberg):Teleprints arrived late. Commander, General der Infanterie Mauritz von Wiktorin, spoke to Berlin and the Wolfsschanze and received contradictory orders, so adopted a ‘wait and see’ approach. XVII (Vienna): See main narrative. XVIII (Salzburg): Teleprints arrived late. Oberst Glasl, chief of staff, heard from the Wolfsschanze that Hitler was alive before hearing that Hitler had been assassinated.
VIII (Breslau): Units occupied with anti-partisan duties so few available for Valkyrie. When Stauffenberg called, chief of staff, Generalmajor Ludwig Freiherr Rüdt von Collenberg, had not seen the orders. Stauffenberg did not elaborate. Generalleutnant Wilhelm Burgdorf, deputy head of the Heerespersonalamt (Army Personnel Office), called and told Collenberg to ignore orders from Berlin. Called other Wehrkreise. The message was the same; Hitler was alive, do nothing. IX (Kassel): Plans in this Wehrkreis were more advanced because a number of the officers in charge were part of the conspiracy.
Troops were immediately ordered to check the roadside, where they found the discarded explosives. Stauffenberg was clearly implicated in the plot and Himmler was now made responsible for bringing him, and any other conspirators, to justice. Himmler had been ordered to the Führer’s presence, along with Göring, immediately after the explosion, but they were not told what had happened. Once briefed, Himmler and SS-Obergruppenführer Dr Ernst Kaltenbrunner, head of the Reichsicherheitshauptamt (RSHA – Reich Central Security Office), set off for Berlin, flown by SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Doldi, one of SS-Brigadeführer Hans Baur’s pilots (Baur was chief pilot to Hitler), who had come straight from the dentist.