By National Archives, Mark Seaman

Juan Pujol, a tender Spanish antifascist, grew to become agent GARBO, a grasp of deception and intrigue. His tale comprises all of the hallmarks of vintage undercover agent experience - enciphered messages, mystery inks, goods hid in brownies - culminating in a single of the best strategic deceptions in historical past. via a hoop of invented subagents, GARBO and his MI5 controllers succeeded in convincing the Germans that the DDay landings have been just a diversionary tactic, hence safeguarding the Allied landings and hastening the tip of the warfare in Europe.

Secret historical past records is a thrilling sequence from The nationwide information that places covert heritage in readers' palms. Dossiers formerly categorised as "Top mystery" are actually to be had, with an explanatory advent and historical past research by means of specialist historians.

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Although not a major focus for German intelligence, some attempts were made to recruit agents to operate in the United Kingdom. Ironically, it was to emerge that far from securing secret information on a potential foe, the Abwehr’s efforts helped to create opportunities for the acquisition of double agents by Robertson’s B1A section. One of the most important German recruits was Arthur Owens, an electrical engineer with business contacts on the Continent that led to his services being secured by the Germans and SIS in the mid-1930s.

He states that his British friends wished to have him stay in the United Kingdom and offered him employment with an insurance company. But he favoured starting a new life in South America and MI5 gave him a gratuity of £15,000 to start him on his way. He decided upon Venezuela, where he lived in anonymity. With the passage of time and an increased interest in the impact of intelligence upon the conduct of the Second World War, the Double Cross System was revealed in a variety of books of varying accuracy.

Pujol later informed Madrid that GERBERS had succumbed to his illness and died on 19 November. An obituary notice was placed in the Liverpool Daily Post and sent to the Abwehr as corroboration of his demise. Another TORCH scheme involved the sending of reports of Allied convoys after the landings had taken place. Their delivery to Spain was delayed so that they created no risk to the operations but nevertheless maintained Pujol’s reputation as a first-rate source. 40 The Germans came to regard Juan Pujol as their principal agent in the United Kingdom.

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