Zigzag: The Incredible Wartime Exploits Of Double Agent Eddie Chapman
Publish Date: 2011-09-01
Author: Nicholas Booth
The most remarkable double agent of World War II, Eddie Chapman was witty, handsome, and charming. Too bad he was also a con man, womanizer, and safe-cracker. To the British, though, he was known as ZigZag, one of MI5s most valuable agents. To the AbwehrGerman military intelligencehe was known as Fritzchen (Little Fritz), and was believed to be one of their most valued and trusted spies. For three long years, Eddie played this dangerous double game, daily risking life and limb to help the Allies win the war. He was so charming that his German handler, Baron Stefan von Grning, thought of Fritzchen as the son he never had. The Germans even awarded him the Iron Cross for spying for the Reich! They sent him to Britain, with the mission to blow up the De Havilland aircraft factory. How he and MI5 convinced the Germans that he had accomplished his mission stands as one of historys greatest acts of counterintelligence.
Until now, Eddie Chapmans extraordinary double life has never been told, thwarted by the Official Secrets Act. Now all the evidenceincluding Eddies MI5 filehas finally been released, paving the way for Nicholas Booths enthralling account of Eddies long and extraordinary life. A film of ZigZag is in the works with Tom Hanks producing and Mike Newell directing.