Silver: The Spy Who Fooled the Nazis

The Most Remarkable Agent of The Second World War

Mihir Bose

The sole quintuple spy of the Second World War he was the only spy the Soviet Union shared with the British who codenamed him Silver. He fooled the Nazis into paying him £2.5 m. They also gave him a transmitter which he used to broadcast false military information directly to Abwehr headquarters in Berlin. The Germans awarded him the Iron Cross.
Date Published :
December 2016
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
black and white photographs
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781553718
Pages : 336
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Silver was the codename for the only quintuple spy of the Second World War, spying for the Italians, Germans, Japanese, Soviets and the British. The Germans awarded him the Iron Cross, Germany’s highest military decoration, and paid him $3.5 million in today’s money. In reality Silver deceived the Nazis on behalf of the Soviets and the British. In 1942 the Russians decided to share Silver with the British, the only time during the war that the Soviets agreed to such an arrangement. This brought him under the control of Peter Fleming who acted as his spy master. Germans also gave Silver a transmitter which broadcast misleading military information directly to Abwehr headquarters in Berlin. Silver was one of many codenames for a man whose real name was Bhagat Ram Talwar, a Hindu Pathan from the North West Frontier province of then British India. Between 1941 and 1945 Silver made twelve trips from Peshawar to Kabul to supply false information to the Germans, always making the near-200-mile journey on foot over mountain passes and hostile tribal territory. Once when an Afghan nearly rumbled him, he invited him to a curry meal in which he had mixed deadly tiger’s whiskers killing the Afghan.

About The Author

Mihir Bose, the first BBC sports editor, has written for all the major British papers including the Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph. An award winning author and journalist he has won: Business Columnist of the Year, Sports Reporter of the Year and Sports Story of the Year. His History of Indian cricket was the first Indian cricket book to win the Cricket Society Literary Award. Loughborough University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate for outstanding contribution to journalism and promotion of equality. His 29 books range from biography and history through business and sport and the only narrative history of Bollywood.


“Silver: The Spy Who Fooled the Nazis is the gripping, true-life story of the East Indian spy Bhagat Ram Talwar, codename Silver - the only quintuple spy of the Second World War… A handful of vintage black-and-white photographs, endnotes, and a bibliography round out this fascinating, in-depth portrait of a master manipulator. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library biography and espionage history shelves.”

- Midwest Book Review, October 2017

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