By Ben Macintyre
One December evening in 1942, a Nazi parachutist landed in a Cambridgeshire box. His venture: to sabotage the British struggle attempt. His identify used to be Eddie Chapman, yet he could almost immediately turn into MI5's Agent Zigzag. rushing and louche, brave and unpredictable, the traitor was once a patriot inside of, and the villain a hero. the matter for Chapman, his many fanatics and his spymasters was once understanding who he used to be. Ben Macintyre weaves jointly diaries, letters, photos, stories and top-secret MI5 records to create the exhilarating account of Britain's such a lot sensational double agent.
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Herman J. Bottcher, who had served in the Loya list International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War; for his outstanding accomplishment in this action he was made a captain. General Eichelberger spent the entire day at the front; both his aide and General Waldron were wounded during the course of the attack. He sent two platoons of F Company to help E Company hold the line toward the Village. By nightfall the wedge to the sea was firmly established. For the first time since the campaign began, the Japanese line had been broken.
C Company, advancing west on tbe south edge, was stopped when it was halfway along tbe strip by heavy fire coming from tbe nortb across tbe open field. It was apparent tbat Japanese defenses, concealed where tbe Duropa Plantation surrounds tbe spur which juts off nortbeast from tbe strip, commanded all tbe neighboring cleared ground. B Company reached the southeastern tip of tbe New Strip but got no farther. At the conclusion of the attack on 30 November, tbe Warren Force had not penetrated the main line of enemy defensive positions, which was not to be cracked until tanks were employed on 18 December.
Between I November 1942 and 31 January 1943, only 13 )1, tons of explosives were dropped on ground targets and shipping outside the coastal region of southeastern New Guinea. At the same time, however, the 13th Air Force was engaging large numbers of Japanese planes in the Solomons and was also bombing Rabaul. These attacks had an effect out of proportion to their apparent weight, for they compelled the enemy to allocate part of his strength to defense of his bases and restricted his ability to interfere with Allied operations in the Buna-Sanananda area.