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Capturing Hitler's Spies

Tony Matthews

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They were doomed from the very beginning.


During the Second World War, it didn’t take long for the British Secret Services to discover that Nazi Germany’s cohorts of espionage agents — influenced either by the illusionary light of profit or idealism, or the darkness of blackmail and reprisals — were largely comprised of amateurs so grossly inefficient it seemed almost a shame to hang them.

Sourced exclusively from previously highly classified MI5 files, this thought-provoking new book tells the dramatic stories of some of Hitler’s so-called spies whose training and credentials as secret agents were so pathetic that it was virtually inevitable they be caught.

Secret interrogation centres, double-cross, international intrigue and deadly, leap-in-the-dark adventures of enemy agents, lie at the heart of every chapter of this captivating, multi-storied book.

From a spy who deliberately jumped out of his aircraft knowing that he would be caught, to a dashing but misguided Errol Flynn look-alike, or a secret agent who had been duped into becoming a diamond courier, Tony Matthews strips back the layers of Nazi espionage to reveal a world of duplicity, stupidity, betrayal and deceit.

A probing exposé into the perilous and inefficient world of some of Hitler’s most endangered spies. 

Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 5,842mm,  Width: 3,886mm, 
ISBN:   9781923004788
ISBN 10:   1923004786
Pages:   384
Publication Date:  
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tony Matthews is a reclusive Welsh-Australian historian and novelist who has dedicated almost his entire adult life to writing Australian and world history. He writes extensively on military and espionage history with a specific emphasis on both world wars. He is the author of more than thirty books including several historical novels.

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