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Eddie Chapman was once an enthralling felony, a con guy, and a philanderer. He was once additionally the most striking 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 enthusiasts used to be to grasp the place one personality ended and the opposite started. in response to 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 transferring line among constancy and betrayal.

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He introduced himself as “Leo,” picked up Oberleutnant Thomas’s suitcase and Chapman’s bag of belongings, and led the way to where a large Mercedes awaited them. Chapman sank into the leather upholstery as Leo drove the car at high speeds through Nantes’s winding cobbled streets and then out into open countryside, heading northwest, past neat farms and meadows dotted with Limousin cows. At a roadside village café, a handful of peasants watched expressionless as the Mercedes sped past. After some seven kilometers, Leo slowed and turned right.

He should avoid fraternizing with the locals, and under no circumstances should he bring women back to the house. In the presence of French people, he must speak only German, and if any Germans quizzed him, he should explain that he was German by birth but had lived most of his life in America. Officially, he was now part of the AGENT ZIGZAG 41 Baustelle Kerstang, a military engineering unit repairing roads and buildings in occupied France. Chapman would need a spy name, Graumann declared, to protect his real identity.

Chapman regarded Faramus, a furtive, delicate man, with a pencil mustache and darting blue eyes, as a strange but likable fellow. He was a hopeless crook. He blushed easily, and exuded a “sort of dispossessed gentleness,” though he possessed a sharp, obscene wit. Tall and slender, he looked as if a puff of wind might carry him off. He had worked as a hairdresser in a salon in St. Helier, before taking a job at the hotel. Chapman and Faramus became cellmates, and firm friends. On October 15, 1941, a few weeks short of his twenty-sixth birthday, Chapman was finally released.

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