D-Day, 6 June 1944 was a victory of arms. But it was also a triumph for a different kind of operation: one of deceit, aimed at convincing the Nazis that Calais and Norway, not Normandy, were the targets of the invasion force. The deception involved every branch of Allied wartime intelligence. But at its heart was the “Double Cross System”, a team of double agents controlled by the secret Twenty Committee. The key D-Day spies were just five in number, and one of the oddest military units ever assembled: a Peruvian playgirl, a Polish fighter pilot, a Serbian seducer, a wildly imaginative Spaniard, and a hysterical Frenchwoman. Their enterprise was saved from catastrophe by a shadowy sixth spy.
A painfully messy book about too many pathetic and flawed double agents. The agents are not particularly interesting or heroic. Merely sordid self serving and greedy individuals. Sadly the story is not told very well and it’s a mess of names and jumping back and forth and across each persons story. Had to give up after making myself endure 8 tracks. I wish to add that The author should narrate his own books having heard Ben McIntyre narrate other works, he is by far the better narrator.