There will be a public book launch and reception for John Bryden’s new book, Fighting to Lose: How the German Secret Intelligence Service Helped the Allies Win the Second World War, on Tuesday, June 17th at 7 pm at the Dundas Museum and Archives.
Based on extensive primary source research, John Bryden’s Fighting to Lose presents compelling evidence that the German Secret Intelligence Service — the Abwehr — undertook to rescue Britain from certain defeat in 1941. Newly opened secret files in Britain and the United States combined with captured German records show that the famed British double-cross or double-agent system was in fact a German triple-cross. These files also indicate that British Intelligence, knowing that the Abwehr’s chief, Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, was a secret foe of Hitler’s, appealed to him for help during the bombing of Britain. He responded by providing Churchill with the ammunition needed to persuade Roosevelt to lure the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor.
Fighting to Lose by John Bryden is published by Dundurn Press.
John Bryden is a former area Member of Parliament, former journalist and historian. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993 and served as the M.P. for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale before leaving federal politics in 2004. He started as a part-time reporter in his teens with the Dundas Star and went on in the 1970s and 80s to The Hamilton Spectator, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. His previous books are – Best Kept Secret: Canadian Secret Intelligence in the Second World War and Deadly Allies: Canada’s Secret War 1937-1947, the latter dealing with Canada’s role in the development of chemical and biological weapons.
The Dundas Museum and Archives is at 139 Park Street West, Dundas. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. The presentation is at 7 p.m.