Item #66328 Black Boomerang. The Story of his secret 'Black Radio' operation in World War 2. Sefton DELMER.
Black Boomerang. The Story of his secret 'Black Radio' operation in World War 2.

Black Boomerang. The Story of his secret 'Black Radio' operation in World War 2.

London: Secker & Warburg, 1962. [Wartime memoir] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.320. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles to spine. With the dust-jacket designed by Peter Barrett, priced 35/-. Contents clean, cloth covers rather mottled and discoloured, jacket near fine. Bibliographer Jon Gilbert's copy (pencilled ownership within). A rare book (only one other copy currently for sale). The young reporters Sefton Delmer and Ian Fleming met in Moscow in the 'thirties and they would soon work closely together in Naval Intelligence. Both were fluent German speakers, and Delmer was recruited by the Political Warfare Executive (PWE) to organise black propaganda broadcasts to Nazi Germany as part of a psychological warfare campaign. Fleming worked closely with the PWE as liaison officer for NID. For his services, Delmer was awarded an OBE) with the citation specifying merely that he was "Controller of a Division, Foreign Office". After the war, the pair took similar career paths, with Delmer becoming Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Daily Express and Fleming joining The Sunday Times as their Foreign Manager.Fleming was the godfather of Delmer's son Felix, and created an American partner for James Bond called Felix Leiter. Item #66328

Gilbert, p.639-40.

Price: £750.00

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