By Stephan Talty
Were the D-Day landings kept from failure due to a lone mystery agent?
Agent Garbo tells the outstanding tale of a self-made undercover agent who matched wits with the easiest minds of the 3rd Reich — and gained. Juan Pujol used to be a not anyone, a Barcelona chicken farmer made up our minds to oppose the Nazis. utilizing in basic terms his present for bold falsehoods, Pujol turned Germany’s so much valued agent — or double agent: it took 4 attempts ahead of the British believed he was once quite at the Allies’ side.
In the guise of Garbo, Pujol became in a masterpiece of deception valuable of his big-screen namesake. He created an imaginary million-man military, invented armadas out of skinny air, and taken an enormous community of fictional subagents whirring to lifestyles. His unwitting German handlers believed each observe, and banked on Garbo’s lies as their in basic terms resource of espionage inside of nice Britain.
For his maximum functionality, Pujol needed to persuade the German excessive Command that the D-Day invasion of Normandy was once a feint and the true assault used to be geared toward Calais. The Nazis got it, turning the tide of conflict on the the most important moment.
Based on years of archival learn and interviews with Pujol’s kinfolk, Agent Garbo is a true-life mystery set within the shadow international of espionage and deception.
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With German bridgeheads on both the Dvina and the Dnieper, Stalin now began to give serious thought to the creation of further defensive lines to protect Moscow (the Vyazma and Mozhaisk lines were constructed, but consisted mainly of field works). Army Group South Colonel-General Kirponos continued to defy the Germans. qxd:FOR 077 LAYOUTS 29/5/08 16:03 Page 51 longer tenable, he oversaw an organized retreat to a line broadly along the old Polish–Soviet border. He now ordered his units to take up positions in the Stalin Line by 9 July.
F. Kuznetsov to ‘do nothing, and do not provoke the Germans’. Yet in spite of all the handicaps and the lack of leadership, there were a number of instances where units manning the defences put up determined resistance. For example, 1st Panzer Division was involved in a number of hardfought skirmishes on 22 June. This was especially true of the fighting around Tauroggen and the fighting for the River Jura, where the lead elements of the division had to negotiate minefields and overcome pillboxes protected by barbed wire.
This is a ‘B’ type shelter and is fitted with a Voenno-Stroitelnoe Upravlenie (VSU) armoured cupola with two MGs. The position was commanded by Lt Yakunin; in the fighting in July 1941 he was killed along with the rest of his men. (A. Kainaryan) BELOW RIGHT An armoured cupola fitted to an artillery half-caponier bunker in the Przemysl Fortified Region. Many of these were stripped from Polish forts seized by the Soviets in 1939. The turrets were set into larger holes and then concreted into place as can be seen here.
Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day by Stephan Talty