Turncoat: The Strange Case of British Sergeant Harold Cole, the Worst Traitor of the War

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The story of how British Sergeant Harold Cole double-crossed the British, French, and American war efforts, and came to wear the Gestapo uniform until his arrest and execution after the war, all revealed in fascinating historical detail by the author of The Butcher of Lyons. 40 black-and-white photographs.

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British Sergeant Harold Cole, "the worst traitor of the war," deserted from the BEF in 1940 and set up an escape and evasion network in northern France. The group saved hundreds of downed airmen until Cole was turned by the Gestapo. After that, Cole betrayed dozens of resistance workers and soldiers to death at German hands. He was successful with women, discarding a number of loyal mistresses, and completely untrustworthy about money. By 1945 both Gestapo and Allied forces wanted his head. In 1946 he was killed by police in Paris. Cole's longevity is hard to explain; Murphy's suggestions of a deeper game, a cover-up, or simple incompetence will have to wait for proof until the British intelligence archives are declassified. This book provides a good World War II sidelight. Murphy also wrote The Butcher of Lyon, about Klaus Barbie. Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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