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By Robert Marshall

The tale of mystery carrier treachery within the moment global conflict. It describes how the top of MI6, piqued by way of Chruchill's constructing of SOE as a rival sabotage and intelligence association, devised a seize, utilizing a double agent, Henri Dericourt, to spoil the full of SOE's intelligence community in France. hence approximately 1,000 women and men have been arrested, 1000s of whom died in focus camps.

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The only comfort was that at least it would be for only a few months. Twenty-five years earlier, when the French soldier last marched through the streets to war, his brass buttons glinted in the sunlight, there was a red slash down his trousers from his belt to his puttees and the sight of that sea of uniform blue invariably evoked a great cheer from pavements choked with waving tricolours. Now the army was a sea of muddy khaki, the colour that blended so well with the harvest. The buttons were green; the scarlet slash, such an excellent target for the enemy, was gone; and the pavements were now empty but for the odd group of veterans who had stirred themselves for the occasion.

They moved into offices on the fourth floor of MI6 headquarters at Broadway Buildings, 54 Broadway, just opposite St James’s Park tube station. The sign at the entrance announced ‘The Minimaz Fire Extinguisher Company’. Menzies inherited all the trappings of his post: a beautifully appointed house at 21 St Anne’s Gate which was connected by a secret corridor to the rear of Broadway Buildings and then by private staircase to his elegantly furnished office. Inside was a vast antique desk that Mansfield Cumming had brought with him from the Admiralty, a full-length portrait of the original ‘C’, and copious quantities of a green ink with which he signed all his documents.

This view of himself as an individual divorced from his origins was perhaps the most important early development in what was to become a complicated character. 8 Every evening Henri and his mother would return to their very humble house and to a man who was, at least in Henri’s eyes, the very worst type of time-server – a postman, a minor functionary of the state, a failure. Déricourt despised him. For some unknown medical reason, his father developed a bizarre and unfortunate complication after his stroke – he became appallingly obese.

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