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In 1942 Claude Dansey, deputy head of MI6, infiltrated Henri Déricourt, double agent extraordinaire, into the rival British wartime mystery carrier, SOE. the consequent path of destruction and betrayal resulted in the lack of over 400 British and French brokers. Recruited because the guy SOE so desperately wanted, Déricourt penetrated the guts of PROSPER, SOE's largest community in France. whilst he renewed touch with Karl Boemelburg, head of German counter-espionage in Paris. each circulate, code and dispatch from the British brokers was once made recognized to Boemelburg; Déricourt gave him every little thing. His treachery ultimately resulted in the disastrous fall of the PROSPER community, and to the arrest of approximately a thousand women and men, enormous quantities of whom died in focus camps. used to be it patriotism that drove Dansey, or used to be the Déricourt plan only a part of the key struggle among MI6 and SOE, a battle within which Dansey held the entire guns? all of the King's males is the dramatic account on some of the most ruthless mystery operations of the second one global struggle.

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24 in (61 cm) A scythe weapon developed from an agricultural tool, the kopis appears in Greek art from around 500 bce. The single-edged blade had a sharp curve, and some versions had a knuckle guard on the hilt. This replica shows a grip made of bone riveted onto the tang (hidden portion of the blade running through the hilt and pommel) and a fuller running along the back of the blade. scabbard Fuller Solid bone grip Curved, single-edged blade ANCIENT GREECE 29 WARRIOR OF THE SWORD HOPLITE Hoplites, so named after the hoplon shield, were citizensoldiers—Greeks who would, in times of crisis, break away from their everyday duties to go to war.

As with the Celts, spears were used for hand-to-hand combat, whereas javelins, which tended to be lighter, were thrown before contact with the enemy. The angon (Frankish spear) was much like the Roman pilum (pp. 54–55). Split socket 56 ANCIENT BLADES Socket hammered tightly to shaft and riveted MANY ANGLO-SAXON SPEARS WERE LONGER THAN THE WARRIOR HIMSELF, GIVING HIM A KILLING REACH OUT FROM THE BATTLELINES. Leaf-shaped spearhead LONG SAXON SPEAR DATE ORIGIN 400–500 ce Northern Europe LENGTH Head: 19 in (48 cm) The use of spears is mentioned in an Anglo-Saxon poem about the battle of Maldon, which took place in Southern England in 991 ce.

The example shown here is a replica. The earliest example of chain-mail armor is from a Celtic chieftain’s grave in Romania, dating to the 4th century bce. Mail was difficult to penetrate, although some heavy thrusting swords could split poor-quality links. The impact from a sword blow could also injure the wearer, who continued to use a shield to defend himself against blows. Chain mail became popular among European armies, including the Anglo-Saxons, whose armor and shield feature here. DATE c.

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