(1899 - 1982)
Hugo Bleicher was born in Germany in 1899. A businessman with a good knowledge of languages, he was recruited
by Abwehr during the Second
Based in France, he arrested Mathilde Carre and persuaded her to work
as a double agent. In Paris, he posed as a colonel in German intelligence
who wanted to defect to the Allies. This resulted in him being able
to capture Peter Churchill and Odette Sansom in April 1943.
Working with the double agent, Henri Déricourt, Bleicher was
able to infiltrate the Prosper Network. This led to the arrest of Francis
Suttill, Yvonne Rudelatt, Andrée Borrel, Gilbert Norman and Jack
At the end of the war, Bleicher was arrested by the Dutch police in
Amsterdam and was imprisoned by an Allied court. In 1954, Bleicher published
his memoirs, Colonel Henri's Story.