THE TANGLED WEB by Philippe Ganier-Raymond


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The Tangled Web is about the deceptions practiced by German and British intelligence during World War II and the unacknowledged courage of a Dutch agent, Hubertus Girardus Lauwors (RLS when transmitting to the British), to whom this book is dedicated, on the last line of the last page. But the author's ""gratitude"" to some of its other principals in the front matter, particularly Giskes, a German, who conducted a ""radio game"" with the English from Paris, then Amsterdam, certifies it to a degree. M. Ganier-Raymond is a French journalist. Briefly, Lauwers was apprehended in a small back room from which he was sending information and spent years in prison under the vigilant eye of Giskes who tried to break his code and his loyalty. Actually although believed to have been a traitor (and still today discredited by the English), Lauwers did send messages for Giskes but continually alerted them that he was ""caught"" ""caught"" ""caught"" ""caught""; he also never revealed his security check. Still another commendable chapter in the authentic annals of espionage which reads with fortitude--and a little patience. It's not very exciting.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1968
Publisher: Pantheon