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Eddie Chapman was once an enthralling felony, a con guy, and a philanderer. He used to be additionally some of the most awesome double brokers Britain has ever produced. contained in the traitor was once a guy of loyalty; contained in the villain used to be a hero. the matter for Chapman, his spymasters, and his fanatics used to be to grasp the place one personality ended and the opposite started. in response to lately declassified records, Agent Zigzag tells Chapman’s complete tale for the 1st time. It’s a gripping story of loyalty, love, treachery, espionage, and the skinny and transferring line among constancy and betrayal.
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It was while walking down Five Mile Road with his explosive loot that evening that Chapman spotted Walter Picard’s parked car and decided to steal it. Knowing that the encounter would be reported immediately, Chapman walked on until he came across an empty bungalow belonging to Frank Le Quesne. He broke in, made himself a cup of tea AGENT ZIGZAG 17 (using enough tea bags “for about fifty people,” the owner later complained), and fell asleep. In the meantime, Walter Picard made an edited report to the police.
Helier, and with a few chairs, some old mirrors, scissors, and razors, he and Chapman opened what they referred to, rather grandly, as a hairdressing salon. Their clientele mainly comprised German officers, since the Channel Islands—Hitler’s stepping-stone to Britain—were now a vast, heavily defended barracks, home to the largest infantry regiment in the German army. Faramus shaved German beards and cut German hair, while Chapman made polite conversation in basic German. One of the few British regulars was a middle-aged former bookmaker from Birmingham by the name of Douglas Stirling.
His maternal great-grandfather, Henry Thoms, had been a Scottish flax merchant who emigrated from Dundee to the Baltic port of Riga, and married a German woman. ” The young Praetorius had graduated from Berlin University. In 1933, at age twenty-two, he spent a year at Southampton University improving his English as part of an Anglo-German studentexchange scheme. He intended to become a teacher. In England, Praetorius played the flute, rowed for the university, and began to sport the clothes and airs of an English gentleman.