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My Adventures As A German Secret Agent

by Capt. Horst Von Der Goltz

Hardback published by Cassell & Company, London. 1918 1st ed

275 pages. 16 b/w plates

Book in generally Fair/Good condition for age. Minor soiling to blue cloth boards and a minor lifting of cloth at bottom front gutter with spine. Insides front hinge is secure with a cracking to rear hinge but with pages tight and secure. Missing blank free fly page. There is some toning spotting to the preliminary pages extending only very occasionally to text pages with odd spot or two. Otherwise generally clean.

"Horst von der Goltz, a colorful German secret service agent became known in the United States in 1916 as a saboteur. Von der Goltz alias Franz Wachendorf went to Buffalo,NY with three other sabotage agents in the fall of 1914. The German agents were armed with two suitcases of dynamite and had orders to blow up the Welland Canal linking Lake Ontario with Lake Erie. Destruction would have created havoc for the downstream communities but might have delayed the deployment of Canadian expeditionary forces to Europe. The plot fell apart mainly because the Canadian military had thoroughly secured the locks. Von der Goltz in particular chickened out and returned to New York. He successfully asked his superior, German military attaché and future German chancellor Franz von Papen, to provide funds for returning to Europe. After that the story becomes slightly murky. Von der Goltz went to Germany, received new orders and on his way back to the US was picked up by the British. and returned to the United States in 1916 as a star witness of the prosecution against Franz von Papen and other sabotage agents. Despite his admission of being a German sabotage agent, he never went to prison and apparently spent the rest of his life in New York.


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