The Spy Behind the Allied Victory in North Africa
Date of publication: July 2010
Publisher: Biteback Publishing
Codename Rygor is an example of where the Americans claimed an espionage coup that was in fact down to the Poles. The first major allied landing of the Second World War, Operation Torch, in November 1942 saw US and British troops swiftly defeat the Vichy French forces. One of the key factors was the extensive intelligence they possessed, which was largely credited to the US Consul in Algiers Robert Daniel Murphy. In fact, the vast bulk of the allied intelligence came from the Polish intelligence service representative in the Algerian capital, Major-General Mieczyslaw Zygfryd Slowikowski, codenamed Rygor.