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Roosevelt's Secret War: FDR & World War II Espionage by Joseph E. Persico

By Joseph E. Persico

Regardless of all that has already been written on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Joseph Persico has exposed a hitherto ignored measurement of FDR's wartime management: his involvement in intelligence and espionage operations.

Roosevelt's mystery battle is crowded with extraordinary revelations:
-FDR desired to bomb Tokyo earlier than Pearl Harbor
-A defector from Hitler's internal circle suggested on to the Oval Office
-Roosevelt knew sooner than the other international chief of Hitler's plan to invade Russia
-Roosevelt and Churchill hid a catastrophe costing enormous quantities of British soldiers' lives so as to safeguard extremely, the British codebreaking secret
-An unwitting eastern diplomat supplied the President with an instantaneous pipeline into Hitler's councils

Roosevelt's mystery battle additionally describes how a lot FDR were told—before the Holocaust—about the arrival destiny of Europe's Jews. And Persico additionally presents a definitive resolution to the perennial query Did FDR understand upfront in regards to the assault on Pearl Harbor?

By temperament and personality, no American president used to be greater suited to mystery war than FDR. He manipulated, compartmentalized, dissembled, and misled, demonstrating a spymaster's expertise for intrigue. He as soon as remarked, "I by no means enable my correct hand recognize what my left hand does." not just did Roosevelt create America's first significant intelligence employer, the OSS, less than "Wild Bill" Donovan, yet he ran undercover agent jewelry at once from the Oval place of work, enlisting well-placed socialite friends.

FDR used to be additionally spied opposed to. Roosevelt's mystery battle offers proof that the Soviet Union had a resource contained in the Roosevelt White residence; that British brokers fed FDR overall fabrications to attract the U.S. into warfare; and that Roosevelt, by means of yielding to Churchill's call for that British scientists be allowed to paintings at the ny undertaking, enabled the secrets and techniques of the bomb to be stolen. And those are just the various rankings of revelations during this consistently fabulous tale of Roosevelt's hidden position in international warfare II.

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During heavy air fighting over Tunisia, the 52nd FG lost six Spitfires to fighters or flak. Returning to 6 April, early that day 11 aircraft from the 307th escorted A-20s sent to bomb La Fouconnerie, and en route to the target they were attacked by a dozen Bf 109Gs shortly after 0730 hrs. Lt Virgil Fields fired off all his ammunition at one of the fighters, and had the satisfaction of seeing part of the port wing of his victim fall off. He was duly credited with the first ofhis six victories upon returning to base, his victim believed to have been Ltn Klaas.

On 20 May Peck was awarded a DFC, having made 15 claims since arriving in Malta - 3 1/2 destroyed, three probables and no less than eight T 44 Pit Off Donald McLeod of No 126 Sqn arrived in Malta on 21 March 1942 and shot down two Bf 109s on the 24th and 25th of the month. However, he was himself shot down in flames on 2 April and baled out, injured. McLeod later transferred to the USAAF, and scored two more victories with the 83rd FS (via Brian Cull) damaged. He survived more than forty combats over Malta, and later spoke to American reporters of his experiences; 'I never even got a scratch or so much as a bullet through my aeroplane.

I fired at one Ju 87 and saw strikes on the wings and pieces flying off. The Stuka went into a steep downward spiral, finally getting out of control at 800 ft and going straight on in. ' It was not all sun in the desert, as evidenced by Spitfire VC VF-E of the 5th FS following a flash flood at La Sebala caused by a period of torrential rain during the spring of 1943 (No 165 Sqn Records via P H T Green collection) Capt Arnold Vinson of the 2nd FS made his first claims on 2 December 1942, when he damaged a Bf 109 and then shot down an Fw 190 west of Bizerte.

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