Operation Kronstadt: The True Story of Honor, Espionage, and the Rescue of Britain's Greatest Spy, the Man with a Hundred Faces
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New York: The Overlook Press, 2009. xiv, , 363 p. Illustrations. Notes. Select Bibliography. Maps. Index. The author was a former MI6 officer and an undercover agent for the National Investigation Servis (NIS). Part "Blackhawk Down, " part "The Riddle of the Sands, " former MI6 officer Harry Ferguson has written an extraordinarily gripping non-fiction thriller "Operation Kronstadt" not only reveals the early days of intelligence services but also uncovers a truly dramatic story from the Russian Revolution involving a daring rescue attempt and a "mission impossible" against the best defended naval target in Russia. By May 1919, when the power struggle between former Tsarists and Bolsheviks hangs in the balance, the only British agent in Russia is trapped and in mortal danger. Mansfield Cumming (alias "the first C") dreams up an audacious-probably suicidal-plan to rescue him, and a young naval officer is sent with a specially selected team into the jaws of the Soviet fleet. This is the remarkable true story of the spy Paul Dukes (the only MI6 officer to be knighted for work in the field) and Gus Agar, whose extraordinary escapade won him the Victoria Cross. First edition. First Edition [stated]. First printing [stated]. Very good.