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Agent Jack : the true story of MI5's secret Nazi hunter

Agent Jack : the true story of MI5's secret Nazi hunter
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L1498363M 940.548 HUT
Adult Non Fiction BIOGRAPHY   Albury LibraryMuseum . . Available .  
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ISBN 9781474605120
Author Hutton, Robert, (Journalist), author
Title Agent Jack : the true story of MI5's secret Nazi hunter
Pagination etc. xiv, 313 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Bibliography, etc. note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents note Contents note: 1.`A great deal about sabotage and arson' -- 2.`Thoroughly familiar' -- 3.`A beacon for the enemy' -- 4.`Every person within the fortress' -- 5.`He is quite ruthless where Germans are concerned' -- 6.`Agents in every country in the world' -- 7.`So stupid and so obvious' -- 8.`No organised body' -- 9.`A masterful and somewhat masculine woman' -- 10.`Somewhat melodramatic ideas' -- 11.`Such methods were necessary' -- 12.`You bomb them, and blow the lot' -- 13.`A twinge of uneasiness' -- 14.`Oozing with gratitude' -- 15.`A National Socialist atmosphere' -- 16.`The more violent it was, the better' -- 17.`Carrying on the struggle' -- 18.`The Gestapo department'.
Summary Note This is the incredible tale of Operation Fifth Column, a Second World War MI5 operation so secret that its existence was only revealed by the National Archives for the first time in 2014. Throughout the war and even for a couple of years afterwards, 'Agent Jack' - in reality, a bank clerk named Eric Roberts - acted as a Gestapo agent to whom hundreds of British-based Nazi sympathisers and informers passed their secrets, thinking that he was sending them back to Germany. Many were put on a salary by what they thought was the Third Reich and some were even 'awarded' Iron Crosses for their services to the Fatherland; they never found out the truth. Among the secrets they tried to pass were: a tip-off about Bletchley Park; details of the deadly Mosquito bomber; complete plans of a highly effective anti-radar technology codenamed WINDOW. The larger-than-life characters who populate the book include Roberts himself, the deceptively ordinary-seeming bank clerk; Maxwell Knight, who recruited Roberts; Victor Third Baron Rothschild, Roberts' spymaster, who did a sideline in bomb disposal using his Cartier screwdrivers; Theresa Clay, the distinguished biologist who co-ran the operation with Rothschild, but because she was a woman was only ever classified as an 'assistant'; Marita Perigoe, possibly the most dangerous of the fascists, who despite having her suspicions about Roberts, continued to recruit spies for him and pass him secrets to the end of the war.
Subject Roberts, Eric Arthur
Great Britain MI5.
Great Britain MI5
Great Britain MI5
Secret service -- Great Britain
Spies -- Great Britain
World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain
Intelligence officers -- Great Britain
Nazi hunters -- Great Britain
Espionage -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Great Britain
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