Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

double cross cover image Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

Ben MacIntyre
History
Crown
Hardcover, 416 pages
$26.00

One is dumbfounded by how, given the astonishing gullibility of the German Abwehr and the equally astounding pettiness of the British MI5, anyone at all won WW II. This last in the MacIntyre espionage trilogy (Agent Zigzag & Operation Mincemeat) is the incredible story of the great intelligence deception perpetrated by the Brits on the run-up to D-Day. As fiction, it would have been rejected by the publishers as too preposterous to hold the attention of serious readers. As it is, MacIntyre's writing is suspenseful and captivating and holds together probably because this was the way it really happened. The principal ruse was to deceive Nazi intelligence into expecting that the allied invasion would occur variously in Pas de Calais, Bordeaux or Norway rather than on the beaches of Normandy. Spoiler alert: The invasion did, in fact, occur on the Utah, Omaha, Sword, Juno and Gold beaches along the coast of Normandy.  It was a bloody success.