By Mark Simmons

Researched utilizing formerly unstudied MI5 and MI6 records, this research reveals the half performed through count number Laszlo Almasy, the protagonist of the movie The English Patient

John Eppler idea himself to be the right secret agent. Born to German mom and dad, he grew up in Egypt, followed through a prosperous relatives and used to be informed in Europe. Fluent in German, English, and Arabic, he made the Hadj to Mecca yet used to be extra at domestic in excessive society or touring the barren region on camelback along with his followed Bedouin tribe. After becoming a member of the German mystery carrier in 1937, in 1942 he was once despatched around the wilderness to Cairo through box Marshal Rommel. His advisor was once the explorer and Hungarian aristocrat Laszlo Almasy, a guy made well-known by way of the ebook The English Patient. Eppler's undertaking used to be to infiltrate British military Headquarters and detect the 8th Army's troop hobbies and conflict plans. This book reveals the tale of Operation Condor and its comedy of mistakes and the way it was once foiled via significant A.W. "Sammy" Sansom of the British box protection carrier. it's a story of the wilderness, of the hotbed of intrigue that used to be Nineteen Forties Cairo, and the undercover agent who was once to ship his experiences utilizing a code in response to Daphne du Maurier's novel Rebecca.

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The Middle East, Libya, Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. It appears he left Cairo, flying himself, on 22 July 1939. Back home he became a reserve lieutenant and flight instructor with the Royal Hungarian Air Force. He came to the attention of the German Abwehr when his book The Unknown Sahara, first published in 1934, was released in a German edition in 1939. It landed on the desk of Major Franz Seubert, head of North African affairs, and while the Germans considered North Africa and the Mediterranean mainly an Italian concern, Seubert was recruiting useful people with Middle Eastern knowledge.

11 Canaris then joined the submarine service in Kiel. It was there he met Erika Waag, the woman he would marry after the war. He was posted to Pola, joining U-34, which took a toll of British merchantmen in the Mediterranean. The entry of the US into the war tipped the strategic balance decisively against Germany. In October 1918 all U-boats in the Mediterranean were ordered home. By this time Canaris had risen to command U-128. He reached Kiel on 8 November to find the ships of the High Seas Fleet gripped by revolution and mutiny and flying red flags.

Fate intervened, his father dying of a stroke in 1904. Canaris’ mother, Auguste, allowed her son to choose his own future. He passed his high school exams with high marks, and due to his linguistic skills – he spoke three languages – he sailed through the entrance exam for the navy. He joined the Imperial Navy Academy on 1 April 1905, where a military infantry course was followed by nine months of naval training. A fellow cadet found him ‘slow to speak but quick to listen’. 6 By the time of the First World War, Canaris was serving in the South Atlantic on the light cruiser SMS Dresden as an intelligence officer.

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