The Death Struggle is About to Begin
On March 3, 1939, Czechoslovakian intelligence chief Frantisek Moravec met with Agent A-54 Abwehr’s Paul Thummel in Prague. Thummel was Moravec’s best German source. He told Moravec that Prague would by occupied by Germany on March 15 and warned that the Gestapo would seize his department and show no mercy. By the time of that meeting Moravec had not only thrown in his lot with Britain’s MI-6 but he had transferred large sums of foreign currency to London and reinforced his links with local informants. Paul Thummel agreed to continue to work with Moravec only if his current financial flow remained unimpeded and that everything on file about him be destroyed. Their simple handshake sealed the deal. Or, at least, that’s what Thummel thought.
During the evening of March 13, Harold ‘Gibby’ Gibson of MI-6 exited his vehicle in the garage of Czech Intelligence. Moravec with an outstretched hand stepped from the shadows to greet him. Behind him, three of his personnel each pushed a cart brimming with canvas bags loaded with files.
Gibson took Moravec aside. “The Dutch civilian charter plane will arrive one-ish tomorrow afternoon at the Ruzyn airfield”
Concerned their conversation would be overheard by the men loading the canvas bags into the car, Moravec ushered Gibson further away. Gibson lower...