By Stephan Talty
Were the D-Day landings kept from failure due to a lone mystery agent?
Agent Garbo tells the fabulous tale of a self-made undercover agent who matched wits with the easiest minds of the 3rd Reich — and gained. Juan Pujol used to be a no one, a Barcelona fowl 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 sooner than the British believed he was once relatively at the Allies’ side.
In the guise of Garbo, Pujol grew to become in a masterpiece of deception valuable of his big-screen namesake. He created an imaginary million-man military, invented armadas out of skinny air, and taken an enormous community of fictional subagents whirring to existence. His unwitting German handlers believed each note, and banked on Garbo’s lies as their simply 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 was once a feint and the true assault used to be aimed toward Calais. The Nazis obtained it, turning the tide of conflict on the an important moment.
Based on years of archival learn and interviews with Pujol’s relatives, Agent Garbo is a true-life mystery set within the shadow international of espionage and deception.
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