Creighton, Christopher.


1st ed., 1996. 256 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Martin Bormann, Hitler's indispensable private secretary and head of the Nazi Party Chancellery, vanished at the end of the Second World War. Rumours about his fate or whereabouts followed but in 1973 a court in Frankfurt pronounced him officially dead. The author 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 himself and Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond. 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 fortune appropriated by the Nazis and salted away in numbered Swiss bank accounts, to which Bormann alone had access. It was approved by Churchill, King George VI and Roosevelt; yet it was so highly classified that even other government intelligence and security organisations knew nothing of it. After the war, thanks to Bormann, 95% of Nazi funds were recovered and restored to their former owners. In a most secret letter dated October 1954, Churchill gave the author permission following his death to produce a full account of his wartime operations, making this the last and greatest revelation from the War.

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