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By Robert Marshall

The tale of mystery provider treachery within the moment global battle. It describes how the pinnacle of MI6, piqued through Chruchill's constructing of SOE as a rival sabotage and intelligence association, devised a catch, utilizing a double agent, Henri Dericourt, to spoil the total of SOE's intelligence community in France. hence approximately 1,000 women and men have been arrested, hundreds and hundreds of whom died in focus camps.

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The flight lasted eighty minutes and was a great success for both aircraft and pilot. Back in the wardroom, watching the sunset glistening on the wings of the Leo in the distance, Déricourt listened to the radio from Paris announce that massive German armoured divisions had attacked Holland and Belgium that morning. It seemed to Henri as though the war was on the other side of the world. Every day for the rest of that week, Déricourt took the Leo up to put her through her paces, and every day the German forces punched their way deeper into the south and west.

Down the long central gallery, dimly lit by pools of grey sunlight, hundreds of wretched Frenchmen took their regular stroll from the cells to the little cubicles where they could meet their lawyers. A disparate group of frightened and bitter men, united by a single crime – collaboration. Paradoxically, just three years before, Fresnes Prison had echoed to the sound of jackboots and the inmates who padded along the gallery then also shared a common charge. They called it Patriotism. The world had been turned upside down.

Best was suspicious of this Dr Fischer, but was encouraged by ‘C’s’ deputy Stewart Menzies to maintain contact. Dr Fischer claimed to be in contact with a dissident Luftwaffe officer who was involved in a military plot against Hitler. If there was such a plot, then it may prove an avenue towards peace. By October, Best had met this officer, a Major Solms, at a small hotel in the Dutch border town of Venlo. Solms was in fact a German counter-intelligence officer by the name of Johannes Traviglio.

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