Where Eagles Dare
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been gone too long and I fear that I’m surrounded by the odd suspicious mind. We move off at five. Exactly five. Down in the village there’s a Gasthaus on the east side of the main street called “Zum Wilden Hirsch.” “The Wild Deer.” Remember it, “Zum Wilden Hirsch.” We don’t want you wandering into the wrong pub. Behind it there’s a shed used as a beer cellar. It’s always kept locked but there will be a key in the door tonight. I’ll meet you there at exactly eight o’clock.’ He turned to go, but
boss?’ ‘I’m sure.’ Smith’s face still held the same remote and withdrawn expression, almost as if all feeling had been drained from him. ‘You say he left in a hurry three minutes after I’d gone. So he wasn’t after me. Who else left?’ ‘No idea.’ Schaffer snapped the cigarette in half, dropped it to the floor. ‘The place is packed. And there’s another door. I can’t believe it. Why old Smithy? Why Torrance-Smythe. He was the cleverest of us all.’ ‘That’s why he’s dead,’ Smith said sombrely. ‘Now
whistling in the dark, Lieutenant. And one last thing: your friends are being brought up to the castle any time now.’ ‘For interrogation?’ Smith asked. ‘I don’t expect they’ve been asked up for tea,’ she said acidly. ‘Fair enough,’ Smith nodded. ‘We’ll go up with them.’ ‘In the same car?’ The words didn’t question Smith’s sanity, but the tone and expression did. ‘Not “in”. With.’ Smith peered at his watch. ‘The post-bus in Sulz’s garage. Be there in eighty minutes. And oh! – bring a couple
Colonel, I think he has the right to know why,’ Admiral Rolland interrupted gently, almost apologetically. ‘The rest know. He should too. It’s painfully simple, Sergeant. General Carnaby is the overall co-ordinator of planning for the exercise known as Operation Overlord – the Second Front. It would be absolutely true to say that he knows more about the Allied preparations for the Second Front than any man alive. ‘He set off last night to meet his opposite numbers in the Middle East, Russia and
that we were coming, knew we were after General Carnaby.’ He nodded towards Jones. ‘Incidentally, meet Cartwright Jones, an American actor.’ ‘What?’ Wyatt-Turner forced out the word as if a pair of powerful hands were squeezing on his windpipe. ‘General Carnaby is spending a quiet weekend at the Admiral’s country house in Wiltshire. As a stand-in, Mr Jones was quite admirable. He had them all as deceived as that faked plane crash – you will have realized by now that it was a deliberate