By Mark Simmons
This is often the tale of the main profitable German secret agent of worldwide struggle II, the Albanian Elyesa Bazna - an untrained opportunist.
Bazna labored as a valet to the British ambassador to Turkey in Ankara. He photographed 'Top Secret' fabric, which he offered for enormous sums to the Germans. He turned the main hugely paid secret agent in background. despite the fact that, he by no means bought to get pleasure from his ill-gotten profits, for the British banknotes he demanded got here from 'Operation Bernhard', the counterfeiting venture arrange through the SD, the Nazi overseas espionage division.
Cicero even stumbled throughout 'Operation Overlord', code-name for D-Day. as a result of in-fighting among a variety of German departments, complete use was once by no means made up of this. Having accessed lately published British mystery provider records - the affair has regularly been a humiliation to the British.
Mark Simmons weaves jointly own debts by way of the top characters and knowledge from top-secret records from MI5, MI6 and the CIA to inform the fantastic tale of Agent Cicero.
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So similar were both the causes and pathologies of their injuries, in fact, that they were given their own medical name, ‘Airman’s Burn’. The burn was characterised by deep, whole thickness burns to areas of great functional importance, primarily the face and hands. Whole thickness burns are the most serious of all, where all skin tissue is destroyed, including sebaceous glands, hair follicles, sweat glands and nerve endings. An RAFMS memorandum later defined the injury: ‘This is a burn of almost unvarying characteristics due to the sudden 44 RECONSTRUCTION MAKE-UP 27/7/04 10:56 Page 45 WAYNE'S G3 WAYNE'S G3: WAYNE'S JOBS:8907 - GRE T H E B U R N I N G B LU E exposure of unprotected parts of the body to intense, dry heat or flame, as though the entire patient were thrust into a furnace for a few seconds and withdrawn.
22 50 RECONSTRUCTION MAKE-UP 27/7/04 10:56 Page 51 WAYNE'S G3 WAYNE'S G3: WAYNE'S JOBS:8907 - GRE T H E B U R N I N G B LU E Historian Stephen Bungay has identified combat tactics peculiar to the Hurricane which would also account for the higher fire risk: ‘Most fighters hit by bombers were struck by bullets as they passed through the formation or pulled away, when they oﬀered a far bigger target. The Hurricanes, unlike the Spitfires, would also have exposed their wing tanks during this part of an attack.
Above each ankle had a bracelet of unburnt skin: my socks, which were always wrinkled, had refused to burn properly and must have just smouldered… My Service gloves were almost burnt oﬀ, and the skin from my wrists and hands hung down like paper bags. The under side of my right arm and elbow were burnt and so were my face and neck. ’4 Maurice Moundsen was part of a standing patrol when he was hit in an attack on a bomber formation over Colchester: ‘Cannon shells smashed into the left side of my Hurricane and I received a lot of shrapnel splinters in my thigh and leg before the same 109, or possibly another, hit the gravity tank and I was instantly in an inferno.