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Personal narratives, British
|Named Person:||Christopher Creighton; Martin Bormann; Ian Fleming; Martin Bormann; Martin Bormann; Christopher Creighton; Ian Fleming|
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"Millions of words have been written about the fate of Martin Bormann, Hitler's indispensable private secretary, and head of the Nazi Party Chancellery, who vanished at the end of the Second World War. In October 1946 the most-wanted Nazi war criminal was condemned to death in absentia at Nuremberg, but he was never found or brought to justice. Some historians claim he died near the Weidendamm Bridge, in the ruins of Berlin, on the night of 1-2 May 1945. Others believe he escaped from Germany to South America, where he lived and died. In 1973 a court in Frankfurt pronounced him officially dead. The truth is far more extraordinary. Christopher Creighton now reveals that in the final night and day of the war, as the Soviet armies closed in on the capital of the Third Reich, Bormann was lifted from Berlin by a Commando raiding party, led by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, and himself. The team spirited their captive down the waterways to meet the Allies on the River Elbe, and by mid-May 1945 Bormann was safe in England, where he assumed a new identity. Operation James Bond was ordered by Major Desmond Morton, head of the ultra-secret M Section of naval intelligence. Its ulterior purpose was to recover the immense fortume appropriated by the Nazis and salted away in numbered Swiss bank accounts, to which Bormann alone had access. It was approved not only by the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, but also by both King George VI and President Roosevelt; yet it was so highly classified that even other government intelligence and security organisations knew nothing of it. After the war, thanks to the British capture of Bormann, 95 per cent of Nazi funds were recovered and restored to their former owners."--Book jacket flap.
|Description:||xi, 255 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm|
|Other Titles:||Operation James Bond|
|Responsibility:||by Christopher Creighton.|