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Cargo of lies : the true story of a Nazi double agent in Canada

Author: Dean Beeby
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On a chill autumn night in 1942, a German spy was rowed ashore from a U-boat off the Gaspe coast to begin a deadly espionage mission against the Allies. Thanks to an alert hotel-keeper's son, Abwehr agent 'Bobbi' was captured and forced by the RCMP to become Canada's first double agent." "For nearly fifty years the full story of the spy case, code-named Watchdog, was suppressed. Now, author Dean Beeby has uncovered  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Werner Alfred Waldemar von Janowski; Werner Alfred Waldemar von Janowski; Werner Alfred Waldemar von Janowski; Werner Alfred Waldemar von Janowski
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dean Beeby
ISBN: 0802007317 9780802007315
OCLC Number: 34506019
Description: xi, 214 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Dean Beeby.
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