By Stephan Talty
Were the D-Day landings kept from failure as a result of a lone mystery agent?
Agent Garbo tells the dazzling tale of a self-made undercover agent who matched wits with the simplest minds of the 3rd Reich — and gained. Juan Pujol was once a not anyone, a Barcelona chook farmer decided to oppose the Nazis. utilizing simply his reward for bold falsehoods, Pujol grew to become Germany’s so much valued agent — or double agent: it took 4 attempts earlier than the British believed he used to be particularly at the Allies’ side.
In the guise of Garbo, Pujol grew to become in a masterpiece of deception beneficial of his big-screen namesake. He created an imaginary million-man military, invented armadas out of skinny air, and taken an unlimited community of fictional subagents whirring to existence. His unwitting German handlers believed each note, and banked on Garbo’s lies as their merely resource of espionage inside nice Britain.
For his maximum functionality, Pujol needed to persuade the German excessive Command that the D-Day invasion of Normandy used to be a feint and the true assault was once geared toward Calais. The Nazis received it, turning the tide of conflict on the the most important moment.
Based on years of archival learn and interviews with Pujol’s kinfolk, Agent Garbo is a true-life mystery set within the shadow international of espionage and deception.
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The aim was to form two naval infantry regiments, one for field operations and one for garrison duties, but both adopting the insignia of the old ‘San Marco’ Regiment. In November and December 1943, Borghese’s Xª MAS Flotilla already boasted 800–1,000 naval infantry – an autonomous force strong enough to attract attention. ) On 4 November 1943, Cdr Borghese was appointed Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations), but he would soon find himself in confrontation with the RSI’s new Undersecretary of State for the Navy, Cdr Ferruccio Ferrini.
The regiment had its own HQ and the newly redesignated 1st Paratroop Bn, and was also originally intended to include the Battaglione Arditi Distruttori della Regia Aeronautica (ADRA). This Air Force Assault Engineer Bn, which was still forming, would eventually be an independent unit. On that same day the Paratroop Bn, only 241 strong, landed in Tunisia. IFMNFUTJO "JS'PSDFTUPSFT $SPDJBOJ deployed westwards to face the advancing US and British forces. On the evening of 20 November the understrength battalion, along with the German Paratroop Engineer Bn ‘Witzig’, was deployed on the Djebel Abjod close to the Algerian border.
The III/‘San Marco’ suffered about a dozen casualties of the total of 15 Italians killed and 43 wounded in this action. In recognition of its conduct III Bn then acquired the name ‘Tobruch’ (the Italian spelling). After the defeat of the Axis forces at El Alamein in October and the withdrawal at first from Egypt and then from Cyrenaica, the ‘Tobruch’ Bn remained in the port as a rearguard until the place was evacuated on 13 November. It was then withdrawn westwards, at first to Mersa el Brega, then to Buerat, eventually leaving the Libyan capital Tripoli on 21 January 1943.