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World War II Espionage Tales
Crossing by Night. Morrow, 1993.
Fictionalized account of Elizabeth Pack, the American wife of a stodgy British diplomat who was recruited by the British Secret Service to steal the Nazi's greatest secret-the Enigma machine.
Marvin H. Albert
Operation Lila. Arbor, 1983.
When British intelligence intercepts evidence of Hitler's plans to capture the French fleet at Toulon, Jonas Ruyter is selected to deliver the proof to the skeptical French admiral. With the Gestapo and SS on his trail and accompanied by a spirited woman who may or may not be trustworthy, Ruyter races the clock and the fast approaching panzer divisions.
A Time Without Shadows. Mysterious Press, 1990.
In 1940, Philip Maclean sets up a Resistance network, code-named "Scorpio," in Paris and through two years of Occupation lives as a Frenchman and marries a French woman, Anne-Marie Duchard. He is personally ordered by Winston Churchill to abandon all caution and attack the Nazis, but someone betrays Philip and his entire network to the enemy. Forty years later, MI6 officer Harry Chapman discovers that all records of "Scorpio" were destroyed by a sinister British intelligence officer in 1945. His investigation into the past uncovers a chilling conspiracy.
A Gathering of Spies. Putnam, 2000.
Katrerina Heinrich, a Nazi agent as deadly as she is beautiful, is planted in New York by Germany were she immediately kills an innocent young woman in order to assume her identity. Her ultimate goal is to obtain atomic bomb secrets. Back in England elderly Prof. Harry Winterbottom, whose wife is in the hands of the Nazis, is recruited by MI-5 for "Operation Double Cross," a plan to fool Germany in regards to the date of the D-Day invasion. The paths of these unlikely spies will inevitably cross, with the outcome of the war-and the future of the world-in question.
Voices on the Wind. Putnam's Sons, 1985.
Kate Alfurd joined the French underground when she was just 19 to help fight the Nazis and to prepare for the coming Allied landings at Normandy. As D-Day looms, treachery endangers Kate and her lover, Prosper, a dashing Resistance fighter, and Kate's decisions have tragic consequences. Years later, she resumes her work as a spy to exact vengeance on the Nazi lieutenant and French collaborator who betrayed them.
The Enigma. Morrow, 1978.
Francis de Belvoir, aka "The Baron," an urbane and daring thief has earned the enmity of the Nazis for having stolen half a ton of gold and smuggled it to England. Now his British captors offer him his freedom. All he has to do is return to Paris and steal the enigma encoding machine from the German high command.
The Emerald Illusion. Morrow, 1984.
Fully aware that the Allies are poised for a secret invasion, Hitler's last desperate chance to discover their plans involves a German double agent whose target: an American in Nazi-occupied Paris who can tell the Führer what he wants to know.
Appointment With the Squire. NIP, 1995.
With the war going badly for Germany in 1944, Hitler launches a desperate, top-secret plan dispatching three assassins to murder Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. The assassin sent to eliminate FDR is Wilhelm Mueller, a ruthless killer raised in Boston by German parents, who manages to make himself deputy sheriff of Warm Springs, Ga., where FDR frequently visits the spa. Opposing him is U.S. Army intelligence analyst Jack Cole, who has a score to settle with the assassin.
City of Gold. HarCol, 1992.
In 1942, Capt. Bert Cutler, late of the Glasgow police, is summoned to Cairo to ferret out a clever and elusive spy of Rommel's and plug a leak that is making the Axis advance towards Cairo unstoppable.
27. Villard, 1990
The Third Reich considers actor Johann Ingersol, a man of a thousand faces whose real visage few have seen, the perfect spy for a secret mission known as Number 27 destined to change the course of the war. It falls to Francis Scott Keegan, millionaire playboy and ex-bootegger, driven by a thirst for revenge after the Nazis murder the woman he loves, to find the man no one has ever seen and stop a plot no one has ever heard of.
Eye of the Needle. Arbor, 1978.
A vicious Nazi spy takes refuge from a storm on a Scottish island while on a mission to thwart the plans for the Allied invasion.
The Key to Rebecca. Morrow, 1980.
Master spy Alex Wolff's mission is to steal British military plans and send them to Rommel, using a code whose key is buried in the pages of Daphne du Maurier's novel Rebecca. On his trail is British officer Major. Vandam, who has sworn to destroy him.
The Leader and the Damned. Atheneum, 1984.
Forbes explores his hypothesis that Adolf Hitler was assassinated in 1943 and his place taken by a consummate actor under the orders of Martin Bormann. A Soviet spy inside the Nazi high command suspects the truth. British Wing Commander Ian Lindsay is certain of it and is forced to flee with his secret halfway across occupied Europe with the Gestapo, the Abwehr, the SS, and Soviet agents on his trail.
The Polish Officer. Random, 1995.
After the Nazi invasion of Poland, Capt. Alexander de Milja, an officer of the Polish military intelligence service and cartographer, who moves from country to country spying on the Germans. He constantly changes his identity--Russian poet, Slovakian coal miner, etc-and manages to stay one step ahead of capture. Then a love affair with a woman of the Resistance leads him to make the greatest decision of his life.
The World at Night. Random, 1996.
French Film producer Jean Casson learns that with money, compromise and connections, he can still live a comfortable life in Nazi-occupied Paris. He agrees to take part in an operation of the British intelligence service, but when the supposedly simple mission goes wrong, he realizes he must gamble everything-his career, the woman he loves, even his own life.
Secret Missions. HarCol, 1994.
In the early months of America's involvement in the war, German agent Peter Krug is sent to Florida in order to uncover the flight performance data of U.S. warplanes. News of his presence and mission reaches the ear of Fr. Anthony D'Angelo in the confessional. Unable to reveal what he knows, Tony realizes that he is the only one who can stop Krug.
J. D. Gilman & John Clive
KG 200. S&S, 1977.
When the pilot of a downed Flying Fortress disappears without a trace, Allied Intelligence initiates a top-level investigation to solve the mystery. Eventually John Croasdell and Eugene Vandamme discover Kampfgeschwader 200---the base of a fighting force so secret that individual units within it are unknown to each other---near a remote mountain lake in occupied Norway. They are opposed by Major Rolf Warnow, code-name "Telemachus," and a beautiful double agent working in the British War Office.
Enigma. Random, 1995.
Tom Jericho, a brilliant British mathematician working as a member of the team struggling to crack the Nazi Enigma code, must contend with, the mysterious disappearance of a former girlfriend, the suspicions of his co-workers within the paranoid high-security project, and the certainty that someone close to him, perhaps the missing girl, is a Nazi spy.
The Eagle Has Landed. S&S, 1975.
In a quiet seaside village in England, a beautiful widow and an IRA assassin set the groundwork for a disgraced war hero & his commandos to commit the ultimate act of treachery: the kidnaping of Winston Churchill. Followed by: The Eagles Has Flown. S&S, 1990.
Jack D. Hunter
Tailspin. TOR, 1990.
In 1945, after Germany's surrender, Major Kaufmann of G-2 counterintelligence stumbles into trouble when he wonders why the Air Corps is ignoring an Italian report on stolen aerial bombs and when he asks an OSS officer about it, the officer is murdered before he can report. After 12 airworthy B-17s also disappear, it becomes clear to Kaufmann that the war may not be over after all.
The Master Sniper. Morrow, 1980.
Office-bound OSS officer James Leets knows that deep within the Third Reich one last operation is being planned and that plan involves a master sniper named Repp, of the Death's Head Division of the Waffen SS. But who is Repp's target? Leets and his team begin to track the German who knows he is being hunted and tries to stay one step ahead of them.
Spandau Phoenix. Penguin, 1994, 1993.
In 1987, soon after a "fake" Rudolph Hess dies in Spandau prison, German police sergeant Hans Apfel accidentally discovers a sheaf of yellow documents amid the rubble of the recently demolished prison which, when translated reveals a plot begun in 1941 involving Hitler, Hess, and Nazi sympathizers in the House of Parliament, to kill Churchill and replace him with the appeasing Duke of Windsor. When word of the existence of the papers gets out (they suggest a present-day neo-Nazi/South African plan to annihilate Israel) everyone from the KGB to a rogue Mossad agent race to locate them.
Black Cross. Dutton, 1995.
In 1944, four strangers---an American doctor, a German nurse, a Zionist killer, and a young Jewish widow---are sent on a deadly mission to an SS-run concentration camp serving as the incubator for a weapon of staggering lethality.
Shining Through. H&R, 1988.
For Queen's, NY, secretary Linda Voss all of her dreams seem to come true when she marries her boss, but their union is rocked by his unfaithfulness. But this ordinary working girl emerges from WWII a bona fide hero after she joins the war effort as a spy.
Los Alamos. Broadway, 1997.
As work on the first atomic bomb nears completion, a German-born Manhattan Project security officer, is murdered under unusual circumstances. Intelligence Former Michael Connelly is brought in to find out whether the murder had anything to do with an attempt to steal atom bomb secrets--and then make the case disappear. But he soon discovers that investigating a murder in Los Alamos, a town so secret it does not officially exist, is anything but routine.
The Rhinemann Exchange. Dial, 1974.
In 1943 Buenos Aires, German & American meet to make the most sinister and terrifying deal ever made between two nations at war. Caught in the middle is American agent David Spaulding, who becomes the only man who can save the world from the horrible truth of the "Rhinemann Exchange."
Above Suspicion. HBJ, 1969, 1941.
Indeed they are "above suspicion," for who would suspect that the dignified Oxford don and his lovely wife are spies. Their vacation in Europe on the eve of WWII is the perfect cover for a dangerous mission that has already cost the lives of skilled British agents. But someone betrays them, and suddenly they are plunged into the world of deadly danger.
Assignment in Brittany. Colline, 1966.
Martin Hearne, a British officer impersonating a Frenchman to whom he bears a remarkable resemblance, attempts to locate the Nazi plans for defending against the upcoming Allied invasion.
E. M. Nathanson & Aaron Bank
Knight's Cross. Leisure, 1995.
In the closing days of WWII, while the Germans are organizing their final plan to defeat the Allied powers, OSS Captain Dan Brooks is chosen for a dangerous assignment that no one else would dare: get Hitler.
The Only Thing to Fear. Tor, 1996.
In 1945 young naval hero John F. Kennedy is assigned a secret mission to protect Franklin D. Roosevelt from an assassination plot that will implicate the Russians, split the Allies and draw America into fighting the Soviets along with the Third Reich.
The Unlikely Spy. Villard, 1996.
In 1943 London, a mild-mannered academic and friend of Churchill is drafted into MI5 to help break the most crucial intelligence case of World War II: the existence of a Nazi spy ring in England dedicated to uncovering D-Day invasion plans.
The Crook Factory. Avon, 1999.
A fictionalized account of the counterespionage operation set up in Cuba by Ernest Hemingway during World War II--with operatives such as fishing buddies, waiters, and prostitutes-for the purpose of snagging Nazi infiltrators.
Pursuit. Crown, 1986.
Believing that only the death of FDR can save Nazi Germany, Hitler hatches a plan for a German POW in a camp near Seattle, WA, to slip away undetected to carry out the murder. But the escape is not perfect and soon the assassin's trail is picked up by a U. S. Secret Service agent named John Wren. The manhunt is on!
William R. Trotter
Winter Fire. Dutton, 1993.
In 1941, Erich Ziegler, a young symphonic conductor before the war, is sent as a special agent to Finland to win the trust of the Finns, investigate where their sympathies lie, and seduce them into becoming partners in the Nazi onslaught against Russia. But when he encounters the composer Sibelius and the timeless beauty of his music, it is Ziegler--now far away from the nightmare of violence that had turned him into the ruthless type of Nazi he once professed to despise---who is seduced by the timeless beauty of the master composer's music. Although it is only a matter of time before he runs afoul of the Nazi hierarchy, Ziegler becomes obsessed with possessing Sibelius's Eighth Symphony.
World War II Spy Kit: The Great Nazi Intelligence Coup
Selected Bibliography: World War II
1. Bland, Larry, editor. The Papers of George Catlett Marshall (4 volumes to date, with the latest one published in 1996, ending on December 31, 1944). Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. This documentary publication which is still in progress is publishing letters and memoranda written by General George C. Marshall. These provide a look at General Marshall's key role in the United States and its allies' war effort.
2. British Intelligence in the Second World War (6 volumes by different authors published beginning in 1979). New York: Cambridge University Press. Covers overall intelligence and its impact on strategy and operations, signal intelligence, strategic deception and counter-intelligence. These volumes are also official British histories. Unlike the United States whose "Green Series" does not include any volumes covering intelligence during the Second World War, the British decided to publish a detailed if presumably sanitized account of its intelligence.
3. Chandler, Alfred, editor. The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower: The War Years (5 volumes plus volume VI, Occupation). Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1970 (Vol. VI published in 1978). This series includes letters and memoranda written by Dwight David Eisenhower reflecting his operations planning and command responsibilities during the War. This is a key source, which should be available in many public libraries as well as university libraries.
4. Craven, W.F., and J.L. Cate, editors. The Army Air Forces in World War II (12 volumes). The University of Chicago, published by the Office of Air Force History. This official history of the Army Air forces also contains maps and illustrations.
5. Eisenhower, Dwight D. Crusade in Europe. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1948. This is Dwight Eisenhower's own account of his service in World War II.
6. History of the Second World War (27 volumes by different authors published on varying dates). London, England: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. These volumes constitute the official British history of the Second World War. Volumes cover allied strategy, campaigns, and operations.
7. Illustrierter Beobachter (Illustrated Observer), Verlag Franz Eher Nachf: Munchen 22. The Eisenhower Library holds bound volumes of the Nazi magazine for the years 1926-27, 1928, 1929,1930, 19331,1932,1933,1934,1941,1942, and 1944. These volumes are entirely in German and contain news articles, advertisements, poems, sketches of personalities, crossword puzzles and illustrations, all from the Nazi viewpoint.
8. Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal Nuremberg, 14 November 1945-1 October 1946 (40 volumes). Published at Nuremberg, Germany, 1946-49. Contains trial testimony as well as documents used as evidence in the trials. Documents are in English, German, French, and possibly other languages. This is an important source of information for studying the Holocaust and war crimes.
9. United States Army in World War II. Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, Washington D.C. (The Famous "Green Series"). Over 100 volumes by various authors, published at various times. This series covers most aspects of the US Army's involvement in World War II in ETO, the Pacific, Continental US, with volumes on specific campaigns and functions such as logistics, civil affairs, strategic planning, role of Black troops, etc. One special segment covers the US Medical Corps and medical matters during the War. These volumes, in addition to narrative text, contain useful maps, photographs and tables. At lest one of these volumes, Gordon Harison's Cross-Channel Attack, published in 1951, which covers the Allied assault at Normandy in June, 1944, is online at the US Army Center of Military History's web site: http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg. Other Center of Military History publications on World War II may also be found at this location.
10. U.S. Department of Defense. The "Magic" Background of Pearl Harbor (8 volumes). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1977. Contains declassified, English translations of Japanese messages intercepted and decoded by U.S. cryptanalysts. The intelligence derived from these intercepted communications was designated MAGIC. Provides a look at Japanese diplomacy as documented by these intercepted messages during the year 1941. Volumes include narrative descriptions of events as well as texts of messages.
11. United States Department of State. Foreign Relations of the United States. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office. The famous "FRUS" series constitutes the official published record of the United States foreign relations. This series, in existence since 1861, is a key source of information on the formulation and conduct of United States foreign relations and is continuing to be researched, prepared, and published to this day. Students interested in history should be introduced to the series. For World War II, the series includes volumes covering wartime conferences at Washington in 1941, Casablanca in 1942, Cairo and Teheran in 1943, Quebec in 1944, Yalta and Potsdam in 1945 as well as general volumes covering Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world during the war. The Eisenhower Library holds a complete set of these volumes with at least 50 or more of them relating to World War II. University libraries should hold these volumes.
12. Weinberg, Gerhard L. A World At Arms: A Global History of World War II. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, and New York: Columbia University Press, 1994. The author of this one-volume history managed to cover a good bit of the war while providing an excellent bibliographic essay, which offers guidance for reading on many topics.
13. Wright, Gordon. The Ordeal of Total War, 1939-1945. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1968. This is an excellent survey of World War II in Europe and introduces students to the economic, political, psychological, and social aspects of the war as well as military operations.
Note: The Eisenhower Library also holds volumes of magazines published during the War including Time and Life as well as newspapers such as The New York Times. In addition, the Library's printed publications holdings include many issues of Stars and Stripes and Yank. The book collection also contains numerous unit histories, memoirs, biographies, and monographs plus encyclopedias relating to World War II.Source(s): Sachem Public Library & Dwight D Eisenhowe