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Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: The Most Notorious Double Agent of World War II by Ben Macintyre

There are so many heroes (and cads and villains) in our history. If there was anyone with the qualities of all three, it could only be Eddie Chapman. He was basically a British conman, who asked the German if he could work for them (because he was in their custody), and they readily agreed. He was taken to France where the trainers taught him the latest spying techniques. He soaked in all the knowledge like a good student. Both the British and the Germans were worried that the other country had a superior spy network; Eddie Chapman took advantage of the situation.

Returned For a Top Secret Mission

 

Eddie Chapman returned to London for a top secret mission, but the parachute jump was bungled, forcing him to turn to the nearest policeman and thus began his career as a double agent. It doesn’t happen often that the same story inspires two writers at the same (for two books). Basically, he was just a professional criminal who worked as a double agent for both Germans and the British. The spy drama of his life is a classic one where everything present in the spying world existed, complete with beautiful blondes, cyanide capsules, invisible inks and secret codes. His life was full of adventures and it seemed he craved for more.

Vanished For the Next Six Years

 

In the beginning of his career, Eddie Chapman was thrown out of the British Army (absent without leave) and then he started pursuing a flashy lifestyle with an element of glamour in it. One crime led to another and his crimes caught up with him in 1939, when Scotland Yard zeroed in on him. He was on a holiday with Betty on island of Jersey, when he saw the police approaching. He jumped through a glass window and Betty was unable to see him for the next six years.

Earlier Accounts Were Not Complete

 

MI5 issued false identification papers to Eddie Chapman, and so did the Germans. He also published hi story titled The Eddie Chapman Story in 1954, but the version was heavily censored and the readers concluded he only worked for the Germans (the fact that he also worked for MI5 was completely ignored in The Eddie Chapman Story). The next edition of the book appeared in 1966, but even this was not the complete account of Eddie Chapman’s life. Eddie Chapman died in 1997, though he was not notorious anymore at that time. His file was declassified by the MI5 in 2001, and about 1700 pages of information came out in the public domain. Two journalists, Ben Macintyre and Nicholas Booth felt this was the chance to create a popular book, and two books were born.

The Psychology behind the Man

 

Ben Macintyre is graceful writer, as he writes clearly and presents a more fluent account of the life of Eddie Chapman. To some extent, he is also skeptical and is not taken in easily by Eddie Chapman’s words. Moreover, he is largely interested in the psychology of the man Eddie was and emotions he might have gone through.

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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 World War 2 Facts No Comments

Nerve Agent History WWII

First discovered accidentally during the 1930s by industrial chemists in Germany conducting pesticide research, the nerve agents Tabun (GA) and Sarin (GB) were developed into chemical weapons and stockpiled by the Nazi regime. Fortunately, Hitler did not order their use during World War II because German intelligence believed–incorrectly–that the United States and the Soviet Union had developed similar weapons. After the war, the victorious Allies competed among themselves for the secrets of the Nazi nerve agent program. In the early 1950s, British industrial scientists accidentally discovered a second generation of nerve agents that were even more toxic than Sarin and were dubbed “V agents” because of their venomous (skin-penetrating) properties. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union pursued a chemical arms race in which they produced and stockpiled various nerve agents in the thousands of tons. For a detailed history for the general reader of the discovery, development, proliferation, and control of nerve agents such as Tabun, Sarin, Soman, and VX, read the 2006 book, War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare from World War I to Al-Qaeda, By Jonathan B. Tucker. During the 1960s, ocean dumping, openpit burning, and land burials were the US Armys method of destroying chemical weapons. In 1969, the National Academy of Sciences recommended that ocean dumping be avoided. In the late 1960s President Nixon halts the production of chemical weapons. In 1972, the
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Five-Night Event Premieres November 15 at 9/8c —— WWII in HD is the first documentary to show World War II as it really was from the perspective of both sides, in full, immersive, HD color. Culled from rare color archival footage from an exhaustive worldwide search and converted to HD with a meticulous new technique, this series uses diaries and source documents to follow the personal stories of a handful of soldiers who fought in the major battles.
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Thursday, November 11th, 2010 World War 2 History 28 Comments

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