New PDF release: All the King's Men: The Truth Behind SOE's Greatest Wartime

By Robert Marshall

The tale of mystery carrier treachery within the moment global warfare. It describes how the pinnacle of MI6, piqued by way of Chruchill's developing of SOE as a rival sabotage and intelligence association, devised a catch, utilizing a double agent, Henri Dericourt, to ruin the entire of SOE's intelligence community in France. consequently approximately 1,000 women and men have been arrested, thousands of whom died in focus camps.

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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. 2 On 29 November he was taken to DST headquarters and before the Commissaire de Police, René Gouillaud, he was charged with having had ‘intelligence with the enemy’, for which the punishment was death.

After trying to make a living as a salesman for a company that sold scientific instruments, Déricourt finally settled down to what he would have called a steady job. A new airline was created specifically to transport mail over the vast distances of France, a task previously dealt with by Air France. A fleet of silver-grey Caudron Simouns, the new fast monoplane, and some six or eight pilots and radio operators were gathered at Le Bourget to form Air Bleu. Déricourt was not a person who fitted easily into an organization.

MI6 was virtually bankrupt and many of its staff were being paid out of Sinclair’s own pocket. In 1936 he sought a solution with the man who was at that time the PCO at the embassy in Rome, Claude Dansey. Claude Edward Marjoribanks Dansey was born on 21 October 1876 in London’s South Kensington to Captain Edward Dansey, an officer in the Life Guards, and the Honourable Eleanore Dansey, a daughter of the second Lord Gifford. The young Dansey’s childhood was spent at innumerable addresses, in both Britain and France, as the family fortunes tended to fluctuate with his father’s success on the Turf.

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