Hitler's Spy Against Churchill (Hardback)
The Spy Who Died Out in the Cold
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From the summer of 1940 until May 1941, nearly twenty German Abwehr agents were dropped by boat or parachute into England during what was known as Operation Lena, all in preparation for Hitler's planned invasion of England. The invasion itself would never happen and in fact, after the war, one of the Abwehr commanders declared that the operation was doomed to failure.
There is no doubt that the operation did indeed become a fiasco, with almost all of the officers being arrested within a very brief period of time. Some of the men were executed, while others became double agents and spied for Britain against Germany. Only one man managed to stay at large for five months before eventually committing suicide: Jan Willem Ter Braak. Amazingly, his background and objectives had always remained unclear, and none of the other Lena spies had ever even heard of him. Even after the opening of the secret service files in England and the Netherlands over 50 years later, Jan Willem Ter Braak remained a 'mystery man', as the military historian Ladislas Farago famously described him.
In this book, the author – his near-namesake – examines the short and tragic life of Jan Willem Ter Braak for the first time. Using in-depth research, he investigates the possibility that Ter Braak was sent to kill the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and discovers why his fate has remained largely unknown for so long.
Van den Braak gives a detailed account of Fukken’s unsettled and often problematic early life...clarifies some details of the Ter Braak case...Studies in Intelligence
Review as written byInternational Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence
Highlight: "As a detailed account of a hitherto unresolved wartime espionage mystery, Hitler’s Spy against Churchill is a textbook of family research."
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Jesse Lewis
I knew that most German spies sent to the UK were either turned or executed, but this is a new story that I'd missed. Espionage, war, and history all rolled into one book. Highly recommended.
This book I found was quite gripping and was a really quick but enjoyable read, and I had never heard of this story before either. A book I really enjoyed and would most certainly recommend it.The History Fella
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An astonishing account of the life of one of Hitler's special agents, Jan Willem Ter Braak, whose secret task was to assassinate Churchill. Real Sppoks stuff, and absolutely fascinating.Books Monthly
An intriguing look at the failed attempts by Germany during WW2 to infiltrate spy’s into Great Britain. The clumsy and comical methods and support paperwork was unbelievable. This is a great book if you are interested in the underlying espionage of WW2.NetGalley, Ron Baumer