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Eddie Chapman was once a captivating legal, a con guy, and a philanderer. He was once additionally some of the most amazing double brokers Britain has ever produced. contained in the traitor was once a guy of loyalty; contained in the villain used to be a hero. the matter for Chapman, his spymasters, and his enthusiasts used to be to understand the place one personality ended and the opposite started. according to lately declassified documents, Agent Zigzag tells Chapman’s complete tale for the 1st time. It’s a gripping story of loyalty, love, treachery, espionage, and the skinny and moving line among constancy and betrayal.
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The ban on sex between prisoners was not just ignored, but violated with abandon. Men and women sought every opportunity: in the washrooms, under the stairs, in the coal store and the darker corners of the courtyard. The barracks rooms had not been designed as cells, and the locks were simple to pick. Elaborate plans were hatched by the inmates to find sexual release. No one ever escaped from Romainville, but here was a way to escape, briefly. Within weeks of arriving in Romainville, Chapman had paired off with the blond Paulette, who was some ten years his senior, while Faramus had begun a sexual relationship with another female inmate named Lucy.
Goodbye and good luck,” replied the Jerseyman, as brightly as he could. Chapman was met in the commandant’s office by Oberleutnant Thomas. The few possessions he had brought from Jersey were returned to him, along with his civilian clothes, while Brüchenbach signed the release papers. Chapman walked out of the Romainville gates and was ushered by Thomas into a waiting car. He was free. But as Thomas observed, as they settled into the backseat and the driver headed west, this was freedom of a very particular sort.
The next few hours passed in a miasmic rush of fear and movement: the port at Saint-Malo in the chill dawn; two hours handcuffed to a bench in the police station, where a gendarme slipped them a baguette and some stale cheese; locked inside a compartment on the train to Paris; and finally, arrival at the Gare du Nord, where a military truck and armed escort awaited them. The German guards would not speak and shrugged off every question. Faramus was white with terror, moaning gently, his head in his hands, as they sped through the broad boulevards of the occupied French capital 28 BEN MACINTYRE with their silent Gestapo escort.
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre