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  • Seller image for Black Boomerang. The Story of his secret 'Black Radio' operation in World War 2 for sale by Adrian Harrington Ltd, PBFA, ABA, ILAB

    DELMER, Sefton (1904-1979)

    Published by London: Secker & Warburg, 1962, 1962

    Seller: Adrian Harrington Ltd, PBFA, ABA, ILAB, Royal Tunbridge Wells, KENT, United Kingdom

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    [Wartime memoir] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.320. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles to spine. With the dust-jacket designed by Peter Barrett, priced 35/-. Contents clean, cloth covers rather mottled and discoloured, jacket near fine. Bibliographer Jon Gilbert's copy (pencilled ownership within). A rare book (only one other copy currently for sale). The young reporters Sefton Delmer and Ian Fleming met in Moscow in the 'thirties and they would soon work closely together in Naval Intelligence. Both were fluent German speakers, and Delmer was recruited by the Political Warfare Executive (PWE) to organise black propaganda broadcasts to Nazi Germany as part of a psychological warfare campaign. Fleming worked closely with the PWE as liaison officer for NID. For his services, Delmer was awarded an OBE) with the citation specifying merely that he was "Controller of a Division, Foreign Office". After the war, the pair took similar career paths, with Delmer becoming Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Daily Express and Fleming joining The Sunday Times as their Foreign Manager.Fleming was the godfather of Delmer's son Felix, and created an American partner for James Bond called Felix Leiter. Gilbert, p.639-40.

  • Delmer, Sefton

    Published by Secker & Warburg, London, 1962

    ISBN 10: 0670170917ISBN 13: 9780670170913

    Seller: RareNonFiction, IOBA, Ladysmith, BC, Canada

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    Hardcover. Condition: Fair. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. Illustrated by Barrett, Peter (illustrator). First Edition. "[Presents] the story of [Sefton Delmer's] secret 'Black Radio' operation in World War 2 - and how it has boomeranged today. In this, the second volume of his autobiography, he explains the use to which his unique knowledge of the German people was put. The task of his special section of the Political Warfare Executive was to launch broadcast propaganda which purported to come from a German station. Much of what was broadcast was the truth - gleaned often from the tapped conversations of German prisoners - much of it had a ring of truth, sometimes it even deceived our American allies, always it purported to come from patriotic Germans eager to expose the weaknesses and corruption which were impeding the noble Fuhrer's efforts. Provides fascinating examples of actual broadasts, of deceptions practised, of lies disseminated, of new techniques whereby he and the merry men of his ghost station 'Soldatensender Calais' were able to take over the wavelength of German radio stations driven off the air by radio." - dust jacket. 320 pages. Index. Former library copy with usual markings. Major spine lean. Heavy overall wear. Dust jacket preserved in glossy new archival-grade Brodart. Binding intact. A worthy reference copy of this WWII propaganda classic. Cole p.256, The Secret Wars - Vol I - #186, Enser p.360, Select Bibliography of Revisionist Books (Supplement).; 8vo.