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Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: by Ben Macintyre

By Ben Macintyre

One December evening in 1942, a Nazi parachutist landed in a Cambridgeshire box. His undertaking: to sabotage the British battle attempt. His identify used to be Eddie Chapman, yet he could almost immediately turn into MI5's Agent Zigzag. speeding and louche, brave and unpredictable, the traitor used to be a patriot within, and the villain a hero. the matter for Chapman, his many fanatics and his spymasters used to be realizing who he was once. Ben Macintyre weaves jointly diaries, letters, images, thoughts and top-secret MI5 records to create the exhilarating account of Britain's such a lot sensational double agent.

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60 Clearly, existing legislative measures (or, rather, their implementation via the Tribunal system) were not working. In December, the fall of Asquith’s administration and Lloyd George’s succession brought urgent efforts to formulate a longer-term, national service policy to allow the mobilization of the entire industrial workforce, but no formal new measures to secure men for the Army directly. 61 On 1 December, the Local Government Board instructed Tribunals to assume, when hearing applications made on employment or business grounds, that all men under 26 years of age rated fit for general service were of more use in uniform than in their civilian occupations.

A still-born provision, urged by Geddes at the drafting stage but dropped before the Bill went to the House, would have abolished the Tribunals entirely, replacing them with modified county advisory committees that would be far more amenable to official direction. indd 28 04/03/2011 14:00 The Tribunal system 29 impact of the final Military Service Act was limited beyond the brief period during which the BEF’s cohesion seemed threatened. On the Marne, the last of the German offensives was halted definitively in June; thereafter, British counter-offensives began to realize significant results, and pressures on manpower were further eased as significant numbers of American troops arrived on the Western Front.

60 CAB 37/160, 25 (28 November 1916); Statistics of the Military Effort of the British Empire, pp. 83–84. 61 For the medical categorization of recruits, see above, p. vii. 122 (1 March 1917). 63 Below, pp. 70–81, passim. 119 (30 January 1917). 65 Below, pp. 112–120, passim. 66 Statistics of the Military Effort of the British Empire, p. 84. 67 Below, pp. 186–188. C. 93:1551; Mercury, 3 August 1918; see also p. 5 below. 69 Below, p. 202. 136 (23 June 1917, revised 8 September 1917). 71 Grieves, ‘Recruiting Margin’, pp.

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