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The Venlo Incident: a True Story of Double-dealing, Captivity, and a Murderous Nazi Plot

Best, S Payne

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ISBN 10: 184832569X / ISBN 13: 9781848325692
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184832569X 2009; illustrated soft covers; price sticker on front of cover; Interior clean and unmarked; 8vo - over 7 3/4" - 9 3/4" Tall; 260 pages. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1090236

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In November 1939, the Nazis used the so-called Venlo Incident as a pretext for invading the Netherlands. Following orders from Himmler, two British intelligence officers, Sigismund Payne Best and Richard Stevens, were captured from the Cafe Backus in the town of Venlo.Best had been trying to contact German officers plotting against Hitler. The Netherlands had been an ideal ground for operations, because of its proximity to Germany and the fact that Dutch Intelligence was badly funded.When Best met the three agents - including Walter Schellenberg - he was carrying with him a list of British agents who were working in Europe. When he arrived at the cafe, which was just over the Dutch border, he realised he had walked into a trap. A Dutch intelligence officer who accompanied them, Dirk Klop, was fatally wounded. Best and Stevens were taken into Germany. After their Berlin interrogation and torture they were taken to the notorious Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Hitler used the incident - together with the Elser bomb plot - as an excuse for war with the Netherlands, claiming their involvement with Britain violated their neutrality. As Nigel Jones explains, the incident was crucial in making the British suspicious of dealings with anti-Hitler resistance.

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Captain S. Payne Best (April 14, 1885 September 21, 1978)was a British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) agent during both world wars."

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