Rintelen, Captain von.


Lovat Dickson, 3rd ed., March 1933 (first published January 1933). 288 pp., frontis + 16 other photo-plates. Black cloth ; yellow lettering. 22 x 14cm. Some light foxing o/w V.G. Signed by Captain von Rintelen, inscribed to a Major Cursley, and dated 1936. (3 wartime cuttings tipped in, including the settlement of a libel action in London in 1940, in favour of von Rintelen, against the Argus Press, publishers of Cavalcade. Von Rintelen had become a British citizen upon his release from POW camp. Also, a letter to Somerset House in 1952 from a lady in Durham enquiring as to where von Rintelen was buried.) Captain Franz von Rintelen was a young German naval officer with every likelihood of reaching high rank during the First World War. However, in 1915 he was sent on a secret naval intelligence mission and did not see his country again for six long and strenuous years. This book describes his capture by the British off Ramsgate and reveals the world of sabotage and secret undercover operations in both the German and British Naval Intelligence services. During the First World War, the latter was in the hands of a brilliant and unique naval officer, Admiral Sir Reginald Hall, who won the respect and admiration of friend and foe alike. In 1932 Admiral Hall wrote a letter to von Rintelen reproduced here. Hall wrote: "My dear Rintelen, I wish to tell you to-day that I, as you know, have the greatest sympathy for you. I know well that you have suffered more than a man should be called on to suffer, and I am full of admiration for the manner in which you have retained your balance of mind and your courage. That the fortune of war made it my job to bring so many disasters on you, that is my sorrow, and if by anything I can do'.to get you peace and happiness, I shall feel happy myself." The letter was written on the anniversary of von Rintelen's capture.

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