It’s Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre, unabridged and read by John Lee on CD, out from Random House Audio. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:
On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy at the astonishingly low cost of just 5,000 casualties. D-Day was a stunning military achievement, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Bodyguard, which protected and enabled the invasion, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allied attacks would come in Calais and Norway, and not Normandy. It was the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out, ensuring that Hitler kept an entire army in Calais awaiting a fake invasion, saving thousands of lives and ensuring Allied victory at the most pivotal moment in the war.
This story of D-Day has been told from the point of view of the soldiers who fought in it, the tacticians who planned it, and the generals who led it. But that epic event in world history has never before been told before through the perspective of the strange handful of spies–including an eccentric Spaniard, a dodgy Serbian playboy known as Agent Tricycle, a Polish fighter-pilot, the hard-partying daughter of a Peruvian diplomat, a pair of Norwegian adventurers, and a volatile Frenchwoman, whose obsessive love for her pet dog very nearly wrecked the entire deception.
With the same depth of research, eye for the absurd, and masterful narrative voice that have made Ben Macintyre an international bestseller, Double Cross is an engaging recreation of a deception so successful and with such far-reaching consequences that every other hoax of the war–including Operation Mincemeat–pales in significance.
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