By Mark Simmons
John Eppler proposal himself to be definitely the right undercover agent. Born to German mom and dad, he grew up in Egypt, followed via a prosperous relatives and was once trained in Europe. Fluent in German, English and Arabic, he made the Hadj to Mecca yet used to be extra at domestic in excessive society or traveling the desolate tract on camelback together with his followed Bedouin tribe. After becoming a member of the German mystery carrier in 1937, in 1942 he was once despatched around the wilderness to Cairo by way of box Marshal Rommel. His consultant was once the explorer and Hungarian aristocrat Laszlo Almasy, a guy made recognized by means of the booklet The English sufferer. Eppler's undertaking, Operatin Condor, was once to infiltrate British military Headquarters and become aware of the 8th Army's troop hobbies and conflict plans. within the Rebecca Code, Mark Simmons finds the tale of Operation Condor and its comedy of mistakes and the way it was once foiled via significant A W 'Sammy' Sansom of the British box protection provider. it's a story of the barren region, of the hotbed of intrigue that was once Nineteen Forties Cairo, and the secret agent who used to be to ship his reviews utilizing a code in accordance with Daphne du Maurier's novel Rebecca.
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Five He suggestion him ‘a cavalier of the outdated school’, yet used to be typically inspired. in the course of one stopover at Almásy published that he was once on solid phrases with common Aziz el Masri, an Egyptian nationalist whom the British had had faraway from his place as leader of employees of the military. It dawned on Ritter that Almásy could convince El Masri to come back over to them. They talked over plans to get the final out of Egypt and to Berlin, from the place he may be able to foster uprising in the Egyptian military. Almásy felt it can be performed; he was once invited to Hamburg to debate info and was once seconded from the Hungarian Air strength to the Luftwaffe. there is not any doubt Almásy used to be itching to come back to the wilderness and he could have overplayed his hand, a truth Ritter and Seubert have been good conscious of. but the plan remained in the back of Ritter’s brain. 6 It was once no longer till February 1941, while the Germans arrived in North Africa, that Ritter’s Commando in the tenth Fliegerkorps started to take form, created from Abwehr males. Their function used to be at the beginning to get common el Masri to Germany, yet their secondary function was once to get brokers into Egypt, either one of which might be aided via Almásy’s ability as a pilot and wasteland explorer. 7 ahead of Almásy left for North Africa, to paintings with the Germans, a pal requested him how he used to be in a position to settle for operating opposed to the British, a lot of whom have been his acquaintances. He spoke back all will be inside of ‘military honour’. yet he additionally confided, ‘The in simple terms factor that truly pursuits me there's to dig out Combyses. ’ Rommel may well offer the petrol to take action. He used to be bearing on the misplaced Persian military of Combyses, which Almásy have been trying to find in 1935. in line with Herodotus, the 50,000-strong military had vanished within the wasteland over 2000 years in the past, whereas marching from Thebes, through Kharga, to subdue the dominion of Siwa; however it by no means reached Siwa or lower back to Egypt. eight Notes * * * See the following for an inventory of abbreviations utilized in the lower than notes 1 Bierman, J. , the key lifetime of László Almásy p 18 2 ibid, p. 253 three Cooper, A. , Cairo within the struggle 1939–1945 p. 204 four Bierman, p 131 five ibid, p. 128 6 KV/2/1467 sour own glory 7 Carell, P. , The Foxes of the desolate tract p. 205 eight Rawlinson, G. , Herodotus p. 426 four. Alfred Sansom * * * ON TUESDAY eleven JUNE 1940 Alfred William Sansom utilized to affix the sector defense department of the Corps of the army Police after seeing vacancies marketed on the Kasr el Nil barracks in Cairo. at the comparable day Mussolini declared struggle at the Allies and Italian airplane bombed Malta. at the 18th Winston Churchill could make his ‘Their most interesting hour’ speech to a packed homes of Parliament, nonetheless reeling from the evacuation of Dunkirk weeks past. Sansom was once small, 5 toes 5 inches, constantly good grew to become out and donning cologne. His portly determine was once hardly ever the archetypal army policeman. He observed this himself: ‘I scarcely had the stature for the task. ’ Given his trim moustache and the slender change cane he usually carried he used to be extra equivalent to a tender Hercule Poirot.