Pin-Stripe Saboteur

Title:                      Pin-Stripe Saboteur

Author:                 Charles Wighton

Wighton, Charles (1959). Pin-Stripe Saboteur: The Story Of “Robin”, British Agent and French. London: Odhams Press

OCLC:    05902414

D810.S8 R68

Subject(s): Intelligence service –Great Britain –History –20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 –Underground movements –France

Date Updated:  October 14, 2016

Reviewed by George C. Constantinides[1]

Wighton does not correctly identify “ROBIN,” the Swiss industrialist and Jew who, he said, organized his own network in France against the Germans in World War II. He pictures Robin as later operating in Switzerland when the PROSPER network, with which ROBIN was tied, was broken up by the Germans. Wighton credits ROBIN with all sorts of great feats, including the discovery of the key to the mystery of the German rocket research base at Peenemünde. According to Foot in SOE in France[2], Wighton is in error when he attributes to Jacques Weil the code name ROBIN and the position of another man. The real leader of the JUGGLER network was Jean Worms. Foot also called this wartime life of Weil one “with plenty of imaginative reconstruction” and added that the errors to be found were the kind that made it all too typical of many of the works about SOE in English written at that time.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[3]

The story of “Robin,” an unusually successful British agent who worked in Switzerland and France between 1940 and 1944. At the beginning of his career Robin was engaged in espionage but later he became important in major sabotage and paramilitary operations. He made substantial contributions of information that helped analysts in London I ink German rockets to the proving ground at Peenemunde.

[1] Constantinides, George C. (1983). Intelligence and Espionage: An Analytical Bibliography. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, p. 487

[2] Foot, M.R.D. (1966). SOE In France: An Account of The Work of British Special Operations Executive in France 1940-1944. London:H.M. Stationery Off

[3] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., pp. 158-159


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