By Robert Marshall

The tale of mystery carrier treachery within the moment global struggle. It describes how the top of MI6, piqued via Chruchill's establishing of SOE as a rival sabotage and intelligence association, devised a seize, utilizing a double agent, Henri Dericourt, to ruin the full of SOE's intelligence community in France. consequently approximately 1,000 women and men have been arrested, hundreds of thousands of whom died in focus camps.

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We dropped down below the cloud and found ourselves flying just above the waves and beneath the tall cliffs just out of Le Havre. Déricourt couldn’t climb back up again because of the weight of the ice and so we followed the line of the cliffs round until we found the gap that led to the runway and got down safely. 16 Déricourt had developed a taste for danger. He seemed to flourish during moments of stress and Marotin often felt he pushed the system to its limits, just to see when everything would fall apart.

He took advantage of the Z Organization’s anonymity to employ a number of irregular operatives. Petty criminals, forgers, brothel keepers and embezzlers all took Dansey’s shilling. He acknowledged that criminals, perhaps more than any other social type, were naturally suited to employment in an undercover operation. Dansey had created in a very short space of time an extremely sophisticated and flexible organization that spanned the breadth of Europe. 10 On 1 September 1939, Hitler’s troops crossed the Polish frontier.

Dansey’s office was next door to ‘C’s’, but he rarely occupied it. He preferred to operate away from Broadway, either from his own flat at 3 Albemarle Street or at one of MI6’s addresses such as the flat at 5 St James’s Street. The first priority was to amalgamate the Z Organization and the PCO networks and then get down to examining the damage. However, as the phoney war slowly ticked away, the SD’s interrogation of Best and Stevens was gradually opening up the inner workings of MI6. By the end of 1939, Dansey still stood at the head of an extensive organization, though its effectiveness was diminishing each day.

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