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Published on Dec 6, 2014
MI6 'M' Section cell: Ian Fleming, Desmond Morton, Winston Churchill, King George VI, Lord Louis Mountbatten, John Ainsworth-Davis
The second fact worth bearing in mind is the author’s first hand knowledge of precise ‘inside’ details of not only ‘OpJB’, but of other well documented events taking place at the time, many of which are supported by evidence in the form of letters from such heavyweight names as Churchill, Mountbatten and Fleming.
Despite the often impressive supporting evidence the story Creighton -whose real name is John Ainsworth Davis- has to tell is mind-boggling: In a nutshell, that Churchill ordered an ultrasecret operation to snatch Bormann from the ruins of Berlin as a way of getting his hands on much of the Nazi booty to which he had access. To do so a special commando team supported by men and women of the German resistance (the German Freedom Fighters, GFF) and an assorted number of both male and female members of the British and US armed forces were assembled with the specific mission of snatching the Nazi bigwig from the ruins of the collapsing Third Reich. This highly trained commando group ventured into the heart of Nazi Berlin and, in what can only be rated as an extraordinary operation, spirited Bormann through both German and Russian lines back to safety into the British controlled area of Germany and from there to the UK where the Nazi chief was both interrogated and given a new identity. As part of a deception ploy a body of a Bormann look-alike and suitably doctored medical records were left in Berlin to cover up.
The books makes simple fascinating reading because it unveils to what extent secret intelligence work needs to be kept secret, even from people who readers would like to believe are in ‘a position to know’ including in this case such names as the top historians of this period of time, undisputed authorities such as Hugh Trevor-Roper (now Lord Dacre) or Hugh Thomas, both of whom have written extensively about the Nazi era and are -in Creighton’s view- both duped by the ruse.
In yet another twist of history Creighton claims that the then head of ultra-secret M section of Naval Intelligence, Major Desmond Morton, another key actor in this incredible story, takes Bormann back to Germany after the war were the former Nazi boss is able to sit in the visitor’s gallery at the Nuremberg trial at which he is sentenced in absentia.
Another stunning revelation would be the degree to which governments can manipulate information, doctoring all sorts of records so that the paperwork supports the facts which are being specifically being construed for reasons of state.