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Undercover Tales of World War II

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Titel: Undercover Tales of World War II
Autor/en: William B. Breuer

ISBN: 0471318620
EAN: 9780471318620
Sprache: Englisch.
JOHN WILEY & SONS INC

März 1999 - gebunden - 256 Seiten

"Most of these surreptitious events would have been rejected by Hollywood film producers as implausible— yet they happened and helped to shape the outcome of the war."— William Breuer, in Undercover Tales of World War II. You already know the basics: The Allies won in Europe because of the blows inflicted on the Germans by the Russians, the endurance of the British, and the air and armaments superiority supplied by America's manufacturing might. And countless books offer blow-by-blow accounts of Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and the Battle of the Bulge. Now, William Breuer goes beyond (and underneath) the well-known history, delivering World War II buffs and history fans something altogether different. Just beneath the surface of the traditional perspectives and legendary events of World War II lurks a vast and shadowy world of virtually untraceable maneuvers, deceptive appearances, and confidences betrayed. Here is the dangerous, high-stakes realm of espionage and intelligence, where the most successful operations are the ones we've never heard about . . . until now. This fascinating book mines in unprecedented depth an incredible range of labyrinthine plots and dramatic power plays, showing how a seemingly unconnected string of underground incidents came to shape the outcome of our century's climactic struggle. Over a period of years, Breuer collected materials from interviews with former spies and operatives, military reports, government archives, newspapers, and correspondence. His painstaking research uncovered a wealth of stranger-than-fiction tales of bribery, sabotage, and other clandestine maneuvers— all as vital an influence on the war's course as itsgreat campaigns and high-level decisions. With his trademark blend of dynamic storytelling and meticulous detail, Breuer deftly uncovers seventy covert operations and insidious plots, including: The bloc of hard-core American Nazis who carried out elaborate plans to sabot

A GATHERING TEMPEST. Black-Bag Jobs and Madam X. Hitler's Crony a U.S. Secret Agent. "Me No Here, No Movies!" Hitler's "Mystery Spy" in London. Stealing a Supersecret Bombsight. Espionage Target: The Panama Canal. The Gestapo Comes to New York. Practicing "Nazi Psychology" in the United States. A Gentleman Farmer Flies to London. An "Unsportsmanlike" Murder Scheme. OUTBREAK OF WAR. "Take Possession of the [British Captives]". Agent X Conspires with the Pope. The Spy Was a Clip Artist. Denmark's Patriotic Burglar. Deceit in the Desert. The Jewish Pal of the Nazis. The FBI Undercover in South America. "War of Nerves" against England. The Fuhrer's Concrete Crocodiles. Tuned in to the Luftwaffe. Hosting a Boy Scout Offical. "We Came to Blow Up America!" The Bogus Traitor of Flekkefjord. A One-Man Cloak-and Dagger Agency. CONFLICT SPREADS TO THE PACIFIC. One Briton's Revenge. Spies Inside a U.S.Embassy. The "Evangelists" of New York Harbor. Confrontation at a Montana Airport. Clandestine Payoffs in Mexico. Urgent: Hide the Suez Canel. A Covert Cruise in the Pacific. Four Frogmen against Two Battleships. The Superspy at Pearl Harbor. An American Turncoat in Washington. THE TURNING TIDE. The World's Richest Spymaster. The Plot to Blow Up the Pan Am Clipper. Lady Luck Flies with the Fuhrer. Rommel's Secret Informant. The Scientist Who Knew Too Much. The Dogs of Torigni. Conspiracy in Casablanca. Outfoxing the Desert Fox. Smuggling Two Men Out of Morocco. The Creeps and the Atomic Scientists. BEGINNING OF THE END. The Spy Who Refused to Die. Blowing Up a Locomotive Works. The Mystery Man of Algiers. Top Secret: Parachuting Mules. America's Fifteen Thousand Secret Snoopers. Coercing Surrender of the Italian Fleet. Deception Role for the Panjandrum. Bedeviling the Gestapo in Toulouse. An X-Craft Calls on the Tirpitz. A French Boy and His Music Teacher. An Atomic Alert on New Year's Eve. "Ghost Voices" Over Europe. Close Call in a Secret Room. Masking the "Chicago Skyline". THE LIGHTS GO ON AGAIN. A U.S. Colonel's Private Airline. Kidnapping a German General. Blasting a Japanese Headquarters. Mad Dash in an Explosive-Laden Car. A Special Job for "Scarface Otto". Sneaking onto Utah Beach. X2 Agents in Cherbourg. Covert Targets: Germany's Atomic Scientists. Alias Gregor and Igor. Dodging the Gestapo in the Ruhr. A Murder Job for Two "Specialists". T Force Hunts for Chemical Weapons. Notes and Sources. Index.
WILLIAM B. BREUER is the critically acclaimed author of 26 military history books, including Feuding Allies; Vendetta!: Castro and the Kennedy Brothers; Unexplained Mysteries of World War II; and Shadow Warriors: The Covert War in Korea. Ten of his books have been main selections of the Military Book Club, including The Great Raid on Cabanatuan and MacArthur's Undercover War.
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