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The Unknown Warrior (Code Name Nimrod)

The Unknown Warrior (Code Name Nimrod) [Kindle Edition]

James Leasor
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“A volunteer was urgently required for a secret assignment of the highest priority. He must be of non-Jewish appearance, speak German perfectly, and preferably have a German or Austrian background. A good knowledge of French on a conversational level was also desirable. ...This man would be required to work in dangerous circumstances, totally on his own.”

James Leasor first heard of The Unknown Warrior's unique assignment from Major General Sir Leslie Hollis, KCB, KBE, Senior Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet and Chiefs of Staff Committee. Some years later, when more had been made public about the immense secret contribution to victory of these deception plans, Sir Ronald Wingate, Bt., CB, CMG, CIE, OBE, recalled this episode, in which he had played such an important part. At that time, James Leasor was working on Green Beach, which described an incident in the 1942 Dieppe landing, when another volunteer, Flight-Sergeant Jack Nissen, a radar expert in the RAF, accompanied the Canadians to assess a new German radar station at Pourville. Because of Nissen's knowledge of Allied radar, orders were given that if capture seemed likely he was to be killed by his escort of 12 soldiers. Lord Mountbatten was horrified at these orders. He remarked that there had been no need whatever to put radar secret at risk when members of X-Troop were trained for such tasks. He suggested that James Leasor should write a book based on the experiences of these men.

The Unknown Warrior is the true story of one of these men and his amazing part in the deception plans to persuade the Germans that the invasion would happen near Calais and not in Normandy and thus ensure that they did not commit their reserves until too late. Born to a humble German background, with a Jewish father and Catholic mother, he was brought up as English due to a mix-up when he was very small. Not really sure of his real name or nationality he is initially interned by the British but enlists for service and ends up in X-Troop. He volunteers for an unknown secret mission which sees him dropped in France, pursued by both the Resistance and the Germans, briefing first Rommel and then Hitler in a role that saved perhaps thousands of lives.

About the Author

James Leasor was educated at The City of London School and Oriel College, Oxford. In World War II he was commissioned into the Royal Berkshire Regiment and posted to the 1st Lincolns in Burma and India, where he served for three and a half years. His experiences there stimulated his interest in India both past and present and inspired him to write such books as Boarding Party (filmed as The Sea Wolves). He later became a feature writer and foreign correspondent at the Daily Express. There he wrote The One that Got Away, the story of the sole German POW to escape from Allied hands. As well as non-fiction, Leasor has written novels, including the Dr Jason Love series, which have been published in 19 countries. Passport to Oblivion was filmed as Where the Spies Are with David Niven.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 504 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: James Leasor Limited (7 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VS9R7O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Leasor was one of the bestselling British authors of the second half of the 20th Century. He wrote over 50 books including a rich variety of thrillers, historical novels and biographies.
His works included Passport to Oblivion (which sold over 4 million copies around the World and was filmed as Where the Spies Are, starring David Niven), the first of nine novels featuring Dr Jason Love, a Somerset GP called to aid Her Majesty's Secret Service in foreign countries, and another series about the Far Eastern merchant Robert Gunn in the 19th century. There were also sagas set in Africa and Asia, written under the pseudonym Andrew MacAllan, and tales narrated by an unnamed vintage car dealer in Belgravia. His book Boarding Party was made into the film The Sea Wolves starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Roger Moore.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 14 Jan 2012
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Having just read Leasor's The Unknown Warrior. I should now like to share my thoughts of this book with others. The Unknown Warrior retells an incident from WW2 that was unknown. It is written very well in fact so well I read it in two sittings till 0400hrs in two days. It gives the reader an insight into a behind the scenes window affecting the very brave and thoughtless men and women who did clandestine work for their country during very hard and difficult times to them and their families great risk, endangering all their lives. This is the story of a man whose father was Jewish and his mother a Roman Catholic. He volunteers to help Britain when he is interred in a camp. He joins a corps in England but is frustrated that he is only allowed to build barracks working as a labourer. He eventually is selected for a secret unit as he is fluent in German . During training, falls in love with a local girl. He volunteers for a mission behind enemy lines as part of the allied landings on Europe. When on this mission, he not only meets Rommel but eventually gets to meet Adolf Hitler. Unknown to him his handlers back in U'K. give him odds of 100 :1 on getting back safely. He eventually escapes just prior to a meeting with the Gestapo . During this escape he needs all his survival instinks and training to survive. My heart was in my mouth a few times. Lessor has written this so well you are taken inside the agents head. He cannot be captured by the Germans nor indeed the French Resistance. A compelling read and a book I thoroughly enjoyed. Interesting from page one throughout the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Researched True Story 19 Sep 2012
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I've always thought James Leasor has been greatly under-appreciated. Some of the Dr Love stories are just great adventures and his historical fiction is excellent. His research skills are very evident in this book which is packed with atmosphere and period detail. Future historians may revisit the story but they will not be able to relate atmosphere and detail as one who lived through those terrible times, or have the ring of authenticity of one knew personally some of the characters involved in this incredible story. A real page-turner and thoroughly engrossing. 100% recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 29 Nov 2013
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Forgetting that the dialogue between characters would have to be in most part fiction this is an excellent book. The subject was an extremely brave individual as were his colleagues who also risked their lives in the fight against the Nazis on behalf of a country that had once incarcerated them believing that they were a threat to national security. An inspiring tale well worth the read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review 22 Jan 2013
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Quite a good book but not always balanced too much details about some bits and a quick run through others
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good spy story 24 July 2006
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Well researched acct of a great Allied deception. Not a formula crank-out with superheroes, etc. but realistic. Full of WW2 atmosphere; page turner. I love spy stories and there are so few really good ones; most are ridiculous and insulting to one's intelligence. I couldn't put this one down and didn't feel cheated and like I wasted my time when I was done with it.
4.0 out of 5 stars A history lesson 9 Feb 2014
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Well written imagined version of the events.
Keeps the reader on edge and anxiously awaiting developments.
Well worth a read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in 1 sitting. 4 May 2013
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I find this to be one of the best war stories ive ever read.I had to keep going back to the review on amazon because it was so amazing i didnt belive it wasnt fiction.
5.0 out of 5 stars A lesson in History 21 Sep 2012
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I found the book a lesson in History, and should be read by those interested in WW2, and the Spy game.
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