A professor of architecture at Cambridge University, Marcial
Echenique, recently became curious when he found wiring concealed
under the floorboards of his country mansion, Farm Hall in
Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire. The mansion had an astonishing past
as an MI6 staging post for some of the most daring secret
operations of the Second World War. But in April 1945, Farm Hall
was to play an even more astounding role, as a `country club' for
ten of Germany's top nuclear physicists after they had been
captured in Germany and secretly flown back to England in a daring
raid code-named Operation Big. Every word they uttered was bugged
by MI6 eavesdroppers using the wires found by the professor. After
the dropping of the bomb these men would claim they could have
developed it for the Third Reich but did not `for the greater good
of mankind'. Most believe this to be a deception. But was there an
even greater deception? Were they captured not to stop Hitler, but
to stop Stalin? Did the US drop the bomb not as a show of power to
the Japanese, but to the Soviets? Colin Brown guides us through a
world of espionage, scientific discovery and questions of morality
as he reveals the extraordinary truth surrounding Hitler's atomic
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