This is often the extraordinary tale of the Swiss born Nazi secret agent, Annette Wagner. Her years in Australia immersed in intrigue and shielded through a skilfully controlled facade of deception. Tracked by means of army Intelligence, her extraordinary credentials in espionage ensured that exposing her final position may by no means be easy.
Less than four months after arriving in Australia in 1938, she got espionage's maximum conversation asset - broadcasting her personal courses on public radio to national audiences - a safe channel for transmitting coded messages.
This is an enthralling narrative from in the worldwide Nazi intelligence laptop at the eve of global warfare ll. It contains the hyperlink with jap espionage in Australia in the course of the past due Nineteen Thirties and provides new facts within the carrying on with debate at the conflict for Australia.
Overlooked within the nationwide files for almost seventy years, the tale of the broadcasting undercover agent may well now learn.
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Presently earlier than he gave up the ghost, Jack with regards to me the main points of the day’s occasions: We arrived at Newcastle aerodrome and that i taxied to a space close to the terminal. She advised me to stay within the airplane, then acquired out and walked over to a gaggle of 4 or 5 males status close to the terminal front. all of them huddled jointly and there has been natter, natter, natter (intense speaking) for numerous mins. She back to the aircraft and requested me to fly her to the harbour sector. We took off and after we reached the harbour, out got here a digital camera and click on, click on, click on, click on, click on, click on, click on. (Jack pointed out ‘click’ seven occasions, – it used to be his means of claiming every little thing was once photographed). We lined the total harbour after which did it back. We lower back to the airport after a diversion to permit extra digicam paintings of the realm adjoining to the harbour and the steelworks (BHP). After returning to Sydney i used to be approached by way of a police detective and requested to accompany him into city (meaning Police Headquarters). There i used to be interviewed and requested for information of the flight and all I knew approximately Madame Wagner. I had a number of extra cell calls from them (the police) after which not anything extra till i used to be contacted after the battle and requested if i used to be attracted to figuring out what occurred to her. in fact i used to be, and that’s while I learnt she had devoted suicide in Paris. The Flight Sponsor – end by way of Exclusion in actual fact, either the flight departure from Mascot and go back later within the day have been monitored – and neither Annette nor Jack have been conscious of this. yet what attainable purposes may clarify the journey and Annette’s behavior? there's just one believable rationalization. This was once a business journey, no longer a vacationer expedition. It had a selected objective, and Annette used to be now not a day-tripper filling in your time. except army and native professionals and maybe deepest fee operators, who within the eventful 12 months of 1939 may have the necessity for distinctive aerial images of Newcastle’s harbour and port amenities? the one resolution is a international curiosity. might the Germans require this data? infrequently. Following the graduation of the warfare in September, German curiosity within the port’s delivery activities may were anticipated, yet no matter what details on harbour actions the Germans deemed precious will be accrued fullyyt at flooring point. Annette’s aerial images wouldn't be of any worth to expected German operations within the quarter. For the japanese despite the fact that, the flight will be a logical end to a long interval of espionage within the quarter. The aerial travel could additionally offer a good resource of geographical info which may be very priceless following the graduation of Japan’s deliberate Pacific struggle. all of the initial eastern facts amassed in the course of the Thirties may possibly now be crowned off with the ultimate embracing piece – particular aerial images that might collate all different land-based details, together with delivery berths, harbour dimensions, roads and delivery amenities, attainable defence emplacements in fortress Scratchley, and the BHP Steelworks.