As Britain braced itself for the onslaught of a German invasion
In February 1941, MI5 sent a handsome, womanising confidence trickster with a photographic memory, entrepreneurial flair, and nerves of steel to Lisbon to pull off the seemingly impossible.
MI5 wanted double agent Celery, an ex-RNAS Officer called Walter Dicketts to persuade the Germans he was a traitor—then extract crucial secrets. With the clock ticking and his life on the line, Dicketts had to outwit his Nazi interrogators in Hamburg and Berlin and return safely to Britain—this time as a German spy. In what must count as one of the most heroic events of WW2, Dicketts managed to pull off the impossible only to discover he had been betrayed before he even left for Germany. It was a miracle he even survived…
Fluent in German and French, Dicketts was worldly and intelligent, charming and charismatic, and devastatingly attractive to women. Of his six wives, two were mistresses, and his six children knew nothing about the existence of the others. Sometimes rich and sometimes poor, Dicketts was an odd mixture of hero and crook, lover, and cad. The difficulty for others was in establishing who he really was.
His granddaughter Carolinda Witt pulls together family and official records, anecdotes and memories, police records, and newspaper articles to tell the almost unbelievable true story of the most mysterious and fascinating British double agent during WW2.