By Robert Marshall
The tale of mystery provider treachery within the moment international struggle. It describes how the pinnacle of MI6, piqued via Chruchill's constructing of SOE as a rival sabotage and intelligence association, devised a seize, utilizing a double agent, Henri Dericourt, to damage the full of SOE's intelligence community in France. accordingly approximately 1,000 women and men have been arrested, enormous quantities of whom died in focus camps.
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Extra resources for All the King's Men: The Truth Behind SOE's Greatest Wartime Disaster
Occasionally they made an attempt at conversation but Déricourt was utterly taciturn and gave the impression of a man absorbed in his meal. His wife, Jeannot, or his ‘little chicken’, as he called her when trying to comfort, was temperamentally a different person. Petite and somewhat nervous, she had tried but failed to disguise her terror and so Henri had leant across the table, taken her hand in his and held it there. When he had finished, Déricourt packed a small bag with toothbrush, soap and towel.
His father, Oliver Bodington, was an eminent international lawyer based at the British Embassy in Paris. Nicholas, the youngest of three boys, was educated at Cheltenham and Lincoln College, after which he returned to Paris in 1929 to take up the position of chief correspondent with the Daily Express. He resigned from the Express in 1933 after they threatened to transfer him to London, a city he disliked. He managed to get a similar post with the Daily Sketch, but left in 1935 to join Reuters. In 1936 the Chief Editor of Reuters cabled his Paris office requesting that Bodington be sent to cover the war in Spain.
She had not been united by war, but shattered into a hundred fragments. The presence of the Nazi occupiers had encouraged some Frenchmen of a fascist persuasion to embrace the invader – in the name of France. Although the vast majority, faced with the reality of defeat, had quietly accepted collaboration as the prescribed antidote to national humiliation, a few, a very few, presumed to resist the invader and live as underground terrorists. As the tide of war had turned, the ranks of the resisters swelled, the collaborators became more unwilling and the Fascists were isolated.