By Robert Marshall

In 1942 Claude Dansey, deputy head of MI6, infiltrated Henri Déricourt, double agent extraordinaire, into the rival British wartime mystery carrier, SOE. the consequent path of destruction and betrayal ended in the lack of over 400 British and French brokers. Recruited because the guy SOE so desperately wanted, Déricourt penetrated the guts of PROSPER, SOE's greatest community in France. even as he renewed touch with Karl Boemelburg, head of German counter-espionage in Paris. each move, code and dispatch from the British brokers was once made recognized to Boemelburg; Déricourt gave him every little thing. His treachery ultimately ended in the disastrous fall of the PROSPER community, and to the arrest of approximately 1000 women and men, hundreds and hundreds of whom died in focus camps. was once it patriotism that drove Dansey, or used to be the Déricourt plan in basic terms a part of the key battle among MI6 and SOE, a battle within which Dansey held the entire guns? the entire King's males is the dramatic account on some of the most ruthless mystery operations of the second one global struggle.

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For instance, an enquiry a couple of team close to Rennes might show that an operation used to be being carried out opposed to the SOE’s PARSON reseaux. even if Dansey alerted SOE to that truth depended upon the results of his weighing up the worth of saving PARSON opposed to the chance of compromising his resource. For if Boemelburg made up our minds to arrest PARSON and located they have been not there, he could obviously finish there were a leak and at last Déricourt might not be depended on. an identical calculation may even have to be made if the intelligence involved one among Dansey’s personal teams. Intelligence concerning the enemy’s counter-espionage operations consistently provides the hindrance of the way to exploit it. Do you are taking evasive motion – or by some means take advantage of the placement? there has been after all one other cost to pay for this operation: Déricourt’s solutions. The extra Boemelburg’s expectancies rose, the extra solutions BOE/48 must bring. a few of these solutions might be deceptions, others must be verifiable. How did Déricourt converse with Dansey? there have been no less than routes. the 1st was once via a selected financial institution teller at a department of the credits Lyonnaise within the Rue Caumartin. He used to be a ‘mail drop’ left over from the Z association. the second one used to be via PAUL, the barman on the Bar Lorraine within the position des Ternes, who got here at the scene in 1942. 15 yet was once it relatively attainable senior British intelligence officer might consider it used to be invaluable jeopardizing the lives of alternative British officials for the sake of an intelligence virtue? Harry Sporborg, the deputy head of SOE, was once in doubtless: ‘Make no mistake approximately it, MI6 could by no means have hesitated to exploit us or our corporations to develop their schemes, no matter if that intended the sacrifice of a few of our humans. ’16 It used to be universal perform in struggle for a commander to sacrifice a few of his males to realize a few strategic virtue. At Dunkirk the British military took over 68,000 casualties in rearguard activities whereas approximately 340,000 males made it competently off the shores. notwithstanding, Dansey’s online game really threatened a complete operation. could which were well worth the sacrifice? attempting to make experience of a character as complicated as Dansey’s is all of the more challenging simply because he entrusted so little to paper. at the start of 1943 it most likely made feel to his vindictive state of mind that it was once worthy giving a bit SOE details away in go back for a few perception into the SD’s operations in France. the matter used to be, and Dansey should have been conscious of it, easy methods to limit that details whilst Déricourt used to be working on his personal over one hundred fifty miles from London. there's sturdy facts from the German part that for it slow the knowledge Déricourt gave away was once lovely insubstantial and that it was once the promise of what he may possibly supply that made him so beautiful. it's the modus operandi of all double brokers to supply skinny fabric firstly, coupled with an project to carry the earth the following day. yet that was once the matter with this operation. It used to be Boemelburg who was once asking the questions and it'd be he who successfully set the stakes.

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