Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and by Ben Macintyre

By Ben Macintyre

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Eddie Chapman used to be an enthralling felony, a con guy, and a philanderer. He used to be additionally essentially the most notable double brokers Britain has ever produced. contained in the traitor used to be a guy of loyalty; contained in the villain used to be a hero. the matter for Chapman, his spymasters, and his fanatics was once to grasp the place one personality ended and the opposite started. in line with lately declassified documents, Agent Zigzag tells Chapman’s complete tale for the 1st time. It’s a gripping story of loyalty, love, treachery, espionage, and the skinny and moving line among constancy and betrayal.

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Freda’s unanswered letters became increasingly anguished, then angry. Frustrated at his inability to help Freda or hold his first child and cut off from the rest of humanity in a seabound prison, Chapman sank into a bleak depression. The Jersey Evening Post Saturday, June 29, 1940 FIERCE AIR RAIDS ON CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOURS BOMBED ——— HEAVY CASUALTIES IN BOTH ISLANDS ——— AGENT ZIGZAG Nine people are known to have been killed and many injured in a bombing and machine gun attack carried out by at least three German aircraft over Jersey last night.

Later, the constable of St Helier expressed his warm appreciation of all ranks of the police who had assisted in the most thrilling man-hunt which has taken place in Jersey for some years. Captain Foster, the prison governor, was both enraged and humiliated. ” Foster took out his anger on the warders, the prisoners, and, above all, on Chapman, who was brought back to the prison and harangued by the governor, who bitterly accused him of inventing a military past to ingratiate himself: “You have never been a soldier as you informed me, you are therefore a liar and you deserve a flogging,” he bawled.

As Golding seized his arm, Chapman shouted that he was being assaulted, and called on the footballers to come to his aid. Laurie emerged from the caves, and ran to help, several spectators weighed in, and a free-for-all ensued, with the policemen trying to get the handcuffs on Chapman as they, in turn, were attacked by a crowd of seminaked holidaymakers. The fracas ended when Golding managed to land a punch to Chapman’s midriff. “This appeared to distress him,” said Golding. Chapman’s distress also doubtless came from the knowledge that he had eight sticks of gelignite and fifteen detonators in his pockets; a blow in the wrong place would have destroyed him, the policemen, the footballers, and most of Plémont beach.

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