Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler by Mark Riebling

By Mark Riebling

Pope Pius XII could be the main detested pope in sleek heritage, vilified for allegedly appeasing Hitler and betraying the Jewish humans by way of closing silent in the course of the Holocaust. yet this traditional narrative isn't the complete story.

In Church of Spies, the intelligence professional Mark Riebling attracts on a wealth of lately exposed records to argue that, faraway from being Hitler’s lackey, Pius was once an energetic anti-Nazi spymaster. He directed an unlimited community of Vatican operatives—priests and laypeople alike—who partnered with the German resistance, tipped the Allies off to Hitler’s invasions of France and Russia, and concerned themselves in 3 separate plots to assassinate Hitler.

A fast moving and gripping story of secrecy, possibility, and self-sacrifice, Church of Spies takes readers from hidden crypts underneath the Vatican to Nazi bunkers in Germany to chart the real legacy of Pius’s mystery battle. even supposing those revelations don't excuse Pius’s public silence through the struggle, they supply us with a deeper knowing of the fellow reviled by way of such a lot of.

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Nevertheless, it remains clear that the Panther medium tank was one of the most effective of the entire war, and its employment at the front undoubtedly enabled the German Army to resist overwhelming Allied pressure for significantly longer than would otherwise have been possible. Given this effectiveness, it remains surprising that after the end of the war, no more than two dozen captured Panthers saw service in other armies (such as the Bulgarian and French forces). Consequently, it would be fair to say that the impressive operational history of the Panther tank ended in the ruins of Hitler's supposed 1000-year Nazi Reich in May 1945.

From May 1944 onwards, new tanks featured welded guards to protect the base of the exhaust pipes at the hull rear. Next, from June, new Panthers were fitted with circular sheet-metal covers around the exhaust pipes to conceal the glow given off at night by hot exhausts. That same month, new examples of this variant also appeared with three sockets welded to the turret roof, to which troops could fit a jib boom so that the vehicle's engine could be removed for repairs. Subsequently, from August 1944, newly completed Panthers had a rain guard mounted over the driver's periscope, as driving rain entering the turret had caused problems for the crew.

Nevertheless, it remains clear that the Panther medium tank was one of the most effective of the entire war, and its employment at the front undoubtedly enabled the German Army to resist overwhelming Allied pressure for significantly longer than would otherwise have been possible. Given this effectiveness, it remains surprising that after the end of the war, no more than two dozen captured Panthers saw service in other armies (such as the Bulgarian and French forces). Consequently, it would be fair to say that the impressive operational history of the Panther tank ended in the ruins of Hitler's supposed 1000-year Nazi Reich in May 1945.

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