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By Bernard O'Connor

Following the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Churchill and Stalin secretly agreed that Britain could infiltrate Soviet brokers into occupied Western Europe. Liaison started among the NKVD and the SOE, each one country's mystery carrier. Transported in convoys around the Arctic Ocean and infrequently attacked by means of German U-Boats, thirty-four women and men arrived in Scotland.

To cease humans checking out that Britain used to be assisting the Communists, the brokers got fake identities and supplied with lodging and coaching at distant state homes in southern England, together with Beaulieu. Codenamed PICKAXES, they have been despatched for parachute perform at Ringway aerodrome, supplied with records, hide tales and instant units and despatched on clandestine missions into France, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Germany and Italy.

Whilst so much have been despatched from RAF Tempsford, Churchill's such a lot mystery airfield, one was once despatched by way of boat around the Channel and one other through submarine into Northern Italy. just a couple of survived the conflict as such a lot have been stuck, interrogated and accomplished. in accordance with broad study, Bernard O'Connor tells their human tales enmeshed in an internet of political intrigue and diplomacy.

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