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By Stephan Talty

ISBN-10: 0547614810

ISBN-13: 9780547614816

Were the D-Day landings kept from failure due to a lone mystery agent?

Agent Garbo tells the outstanding tale of a self-made undercover agent who matched wits with the easiest minds of the 3rd Reich — and gained. Juan Pujol used to be a not anyone, a Barcelona chook farmer made up our minds to oppose the Nazis. utilizing purely his present for bold falsehoods, Pujol turned Germany’s so much valued agent — or double agent: it took 4 attempts earlier than the British believed he used to be fairly at the Allies’ side.

In the guise of Garbo, Pujol grew to become in a masterpiece of deception necessary of his big-screen namesake. He created an imaginary million-man military, invented armadas out of skinny air, and taken an enormous community of fictional subagents whirring to lifestyles. His unwitting German handlers believed each be aware, and banked on Garbo’s lies as their in basic terms resource of espionage inside nice Britain.

For his maximum functionality, Pujol needed to persuade the German excessive Command that the D-Day invasion of Normandy used to be a feint and the true assault used to be aimed toward Calais. The Nazis acquired it, turning the tide of conflict on the the most important moment.

Based on years of archival learn and interviews with Pujol’s relatives, Agent Garbo is a true-life mystery set within the shadow international of espionage and deception.

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The various elements of the Festen were positioned to conform to the nature of the terrain and as a result were completely masked from enemy view. The defensive elements (infantry works and strongpoints) were placed in such a way as to be mutually supportable. For example, the distance between the artillery batteries and the infantry works did not exceed 700m and the distance between two Festen didn’t exceed six kilometres. The Festen were equipped with howitzers for angled and indirect fire (in other words, the projectiles were fired in an arced trajectory to reach targets that were hidden in ravines or behind an obstacle).

SS-Panzergrenadier Division. The area had been the scene of the bloody battle of Gravelotte that took place 74 years before and had forced French forces back into Metz. qxd:Layout 1 4/6/08 12:19 Page 47 small hamlet called Le Chêne, a few hundred metres north of the village of Dornot. As dawn approached, lead elements came under fire from the guns of Fort Driant and several armoured vehicles were destroyed. The armour pulled back and the next day the 5th Infantry Division was ordered to move through 7th Armored Division and cross at Dornot.

Aerial observation was not able to separate the heavily occupied zones from those partially occupied as the density of the shelters was consistent throughout the zone. Also, spies could not distinguish the more heavily from the less heavily defended zones and if a shelter was destroyed in a radius of 30m there was another for the soldiers to use. THE LIVING SITES The forts of Metz and Thionville were noteworthy in that they experienced only a short period of intense combat, from September to November 1944.

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