By Mark Simmons
This can be the tale of the main winning German secret agent of global conflict 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 significant sums to the Germans. He turned the main hugely paid secret agent in background. besides the fact that, he by no means acquired to take pleasure in his ill-gotten earnings, for the British banknotes he demanded got here from 'Operation Bernhard', the counterfeiting venture arrange by way of the SD, the Nazi overseas espionage division.
Cicero even stumbled throughout 'Operation Overlord', code-name for D-Day. due to in-fighting among a number of German departments, complete use was once by no means made up of this. Having accessed lately published British mystery carrier documents - the affair has constantly been a humiliation to the British.
Mark Simmons weaves jointly own debts by way of the major characters and knowledge from top-secret documents from MI5, MI6 and the CIA to inform the unbelievable tale of Agent Cicero.
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At the end of that month, she was once again tasked with shore 41 bombardment work, this time against Soviet troops on German soil. 3cm ammunition were fired at enemy forces around Cranz, near Königsberg, though by now the Soviet advance was unstoppable and the massive firepower of the Prinz Eugen could offer only temporary relief to the German defenders. Critical shortages of ammunition meant that Prinz Eugen could not go into action again until March when she bombarded Soviet forces around Gotenhafen, Zoppot, Danzig and Hela.
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Thereafter the British expended considerable effort in keeping track of the German group and they were spotted by British aircraft in Kalvenes Bay on 21 May. On the following day, the escorting destroyers were released and the two heavy units continued on alone, shielded to some degree by heavy mist. By the evening of the next day, the weather had closed down so much that the two ships could not keep each other in sight, even though they were only a few hundred metres apart. Rounding the northern tip of Iceland, the two turned south to run down through the Denmark Strait on 23 May.