Accident - the Death of General Sikorski by David Irving

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Ii) Who might sabotage an Allied aircraft in Gibraltar? Inevitably, one’s thoughts turned to the German Abwehr, the military Intelligence organisation run for the German High Command by Admiral Canaris. The Abwehr’s Section II, commanded by General Erwin Lahousen, was the most widely established sabotage organisation, landing saboteurs in America by submarine, parachuting them into England under cover of simultaneous bombing raids on towns nearby, and infiltrating them by other means equipped to destroy enemy war installations and escape detection as best they could.

70 The text of this morbid poster was cabled to Berlin by a CounterIntelligence unit in Cracow on April 20, 1943. Admiral Canaris arranged for copies to be distributed under a “secret” classification, but on no account was it to be leaked out to the press, as it might completely reverse the propaganda effect of Katyn. As it was, the propaganda triumph for the Germans was now complete. 71 The Germans had succeeded in discrediting the Soviet Government in the eyes of the world and briefly raised the spectre of a ruthless Bolshevik monster rampaging across the territories of Western civilisation; moreover they had forged the unwilling General Sikorski into a tool with which they now had a slender chance of prising the Great Powers out of their unholy Alliance with Russia.

34 That Prchal was the pilot for the return flight purely as the consequence of a specific request from Sikorski is one of the main factors in dismissing the credibility of certain allegations that followed the disaster. M. on July 3, determined to complete his correspondence and finish signing papers in Cairo before the heat of the day made it impossible. M. General Anders had fallen ill with an attack of malaria on the previous day, and he was unable to accompany Sikorski to the plane. ”35 Minutes later, the Liberator had taken off, and begun its long flight to Gibraltar.

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