WW2 Operation Cicero The Espionage Sensation Of The War
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For sale is a WW2 1st Edition Book Titled: Operation Cicero The Espionage Sensation Of The War by L C Moyzisch. This book has SOE Interest. This book was first published on the 1st January 1950 and is a first edition with the original dust cover.The postscript of this book states: “A TELEPHONE CALL late at night: a cross and sleepy German attaché struggling into his clothes and driving through Ankara to a colleague's flat, sure that this was just another of those meaningless 'flaps' so common in wartime: a mysterious Albanian huddled in the corner of a shadowed room. 'Who are you?' 'The British Ambassador's valet.' An incredulous 'What do you want?'- and the 'Cicero' bombshell exploded. The Albanian claimed that he was in a position to photo graph Top Secret British documents. For £20,000, in sterling notes, he would hand over two rolls of film. Further rolls would be forthcoming for a payment of £15,000 each. He gave the Germans three days to make up their minds. Signals flashed between Ankara and Berlin, an von Papen, German Ambassador in Ankara, received instructions from Ribbentrop to go ahead. The nameless Albanian was code named Cicero, and for months he supplied a stream of vital information which flowed through the German Embassy to Berlin: to Ribbentrop, to Kaltenbrunner and to Hitler. They were able to study the minutes of the Moscow, Cairo and Teheran Conferences; they received detailed information on Allied supplies to Russia; they were given the first hint of Operation Overlord - the opening of the Second Front. What use did they make of all this? Hardly any. Why? Was it because Ribbentrop could not stomach it, as the documents he read put paid to his wild plans? Was it because he fought hotly with Kaltenbrunner as to who should claim credit for Operation Cicero with Hitler, to such an extent that the main issues involved were overlooked? L. C. Moyzisch, the author of this book, was the attaché concerned-the only man except Cicero himself (if he is still alive) who can give an on-the-spot account of these fantastic events. His predicament was grave. He was continually faced with conflicting instructions from Ribbentrop, Kaltenbrunner and von Papen, and to make things worse he soon learnt that the neurotic Elisabet, his German assistant secretary, was spying for the British. There is much more to this story, and at first the publishers were doubtful of its truth. But detailed enquiries and searching discussions with the author and von Papen in Germany relieved their doubts, and they now know that this is the only authentic German account of what must be the most extraordinary spy story of the Second World War”. This is in good condition. This will be sent via Royal Mail 1st class signed for and dispatched within two working days.
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