In 1942, John Eppler was one of two German spies inserted behind British lines in Egypt after Operation Condor, an epic crossing of the Western Desert organised by the Hungarian explorer Count László Almásy. But this was far from his first adventure. Of German origin but raised since childhood in a wealthy Egyptian family, and a convert to Islam, Eppler had travelled widely in the Middle East for German Military Intelligence.
The book details German links with Arab nationalists during the War: indeed, one of Eppler’s contacts in Cairo was a young officer called Anwar el-Sadat, later President of Egypt. Before Operation ‘Condor’. Eppler had been the interpreter when the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem met Hitler in Berlin, and the book gives a full description of this controversial encounter.
This story has inspired numerous films, such as Foxhole in Cairo (1960), where John Eppler was played by Adrian Hoven, and more recently Operation ‘Condor’ was referenced in the Oscar-winning The English Patient (1996). This is the genuine, first-hand account of one of the most daring missions of the Second World War.
ROMMEL’S SPY Operation Condor and the Desert War
The enthralling true story behind the movies Foxhole in Cairo and The English Patient, this book retails the remarkable adventures behind Allied lines of German agent John Eppler, an Arabist convert to Islam who was also the link between the Nazis and anti-British Artab nationalists.