OP JB – The Last Great Secret of the Second World War by Christopher Creighton – Book Review

This book purports to tell a British intelligence plan to kidnap Martin Bormann and bring him out of the ashes of Berlin in 1945, just as the war came to a crashing end.

Indeed the writerists that that is rather what he did, accompanied by the late Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, after which this operation was supposedly named.

You must forgive my skepticism, but the book is so full of amazing and extravagant claims that it makes it difficult to take anything too seriously.

Mister Crieghton claimed to be personal friends with Winston Churchill, Lord Louis Mountbatten, Ribbentrop the German foreign minister, and if that was not enough, throw in the King and good old Adolf himself, with what he stood on the French cliffs watching allied servicemen being slaughtered during the Dieppe raid. Creighton had provided the Germans with the information of that raid to prove he was a genuine German double agent. Mmm.

Conspiracy theories and outlandish claims abound through the 256 pages, such as the fact that the Germans were using Donegal as an active U-boat base, that many of the Battle of Britain pilots were only sixteen, and in some cases, fifteen, and that he personally complained for, (murdered even?) the entire crew of an allied Dutch submarine that had spotted the Japanese fleet on their way to attack the Americans at Pearl Harbor, to ensure that America came into the war.

The book opens with our Biggles-type hero diving from a British motor torpedo boat into a heavy swell, carrying an unbelievable amount of equipment and weaponry, and swimming into Dublin harbor at the dead of night. Surely any British agent entering the Irish republic would have done so by taking the ferry to Belfast and driving across the unmarked border, or still still, fly across in half in hour, and the job's done.

There are some weird quasi sexual references sprinkled through work, such as the WRENS in his unit were regularly beaten with bamboo canes on the bare buttocks in full view of the men to toughen them up.

My mother was in an intelligence unit in the WRENS through the war and wrote her memories later, a book that I have recently revisited. Strangely, she makes no reference to such specific practices.

The book climaxes with the successful kidnapping of Bormann from Berlin, as seemingly dozens of agents agents flew in and out on light Lysander aircraft without a care in the world, as the Red Army were smashing Berlin to smellhereens.

If you enjoy conspiracy theory books then this is right up your street. You will be amazed at what you did not know.

As an afterthought the man went on to become a film director, working in Prague in the sixties when all along he was really engaged on vital work for NATO. No This book purports to tell of a British intelligence plan to kidnap Martin Bormann and bring him out of the ashes of Berlin in 1945, just as the war came to a crashing end.

Indeed the writerists that that is rather what he did, accompanied by the late Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, after which this operation was supposedly named.

You must forgive my skepticism, but the book is so full of amazing and extravagant claims that it makes it difficult to take anything too seriously.

Mister Crieghton claimed to be personal friends with Winston Churchill, Lord Louis Mountbatten, Ribbentrop the German foreign minister, and if that was not enough, throw in the King and good old Adolf himself, with what he stood on the French cliffs watching allied servicemen being slaughtered during the Dieppe raid. Creighton had provided the Germans with the information of that raid to prove he was a genuine German double agent. Mmm.

Conspiracy theories and outlandish claims abound through the 256 pages, such as the fact that the Germans were using Donegal as an active U-boat base, that many of the Battle of Britain pilots were only sixteen, and in some cases, fifteen, and that he personally complained for, (murdered even?) the entire crew of an allied Dutch submarine that had spotted the Japanese fleet on their way to attack the Americans at Pearl Harbor, to ensure that America came into the war.

The book opens with our Biggles-type hero diving from a British motor torpedo boat into a heavy swell, carrying an unbelievable amount of equipment and weaponry, and swimming into Dublin harbor at the dead of night. Surely any British agent entering the Irish republic would have done so by taking the ferry to Belfast and driving across the unmarked border, or still still, fly across in half in hour, and the job's done.

There are some weird quasi sexual references sprinkled through work, such as the WRENS in his unit were regularly beaten with bamboo canes on the bare buttocks in full view of the men to toughen them up.

My mother was in an intelligence unit in the WRENS through the war and wrote her memories later, a book that I have recently revisited. Strangely, she makes no reference to such specific practices.
The book climaxes with the successful kidnapping of Bormann from Berlin, as seemingly dozens of agents agents flew in and out on light Lysander aircraft without a care in the world, as the Red Army were smashing Berlin to smellhereens.

If you enjoy conspiracy theory books then this is right up your street. You will be amazed at what you did not know.

As an afterthought the man went on to become a film director, working in Prague in the sixties when all along he was really engaged on vital work for NATO. No surprise there then.

As proof of the story, library photographs of Bormann, Hitler, Mountbatten and Churchill are reprinted, but none feature the writer together with any of his supposed chums, not even Ian Fleming, and they were as close as close could be if the book is to be believed.

One of the most surprising things about this book is that Simon and Shuster should issue it at all, but even they did so with some reservations, saying rather shamefacedly I thought: "We have been unable to verify the writer's account by independent research." Yes, quite.

File it under fiction, treat it for what it is, and you might just enjoy it. Anything more than that, and I'd be amazed, but then again … surprise there then.

As proof of the story, library photographs of Bormann, Hitler, Mountbatten and Churchill are reprinted, but none feature the writer together with any of his supposed chums, not even Ian Fleming, and they were as close as close could be if the book is to be believed.

One of the most surprising things about this book is that Simon and Shuster should issue it at all, but even they did so with some reservations, saying rather shamefacedly I thought: "We have been unable to verify the writer's account by independent research." Yes, quite.

File it under fiction, treat it for what it is, and you might just enjoy it. Anything more than that, and I'd be amazed, but then again …



Source by David Carter