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regional dialects—actual recordings. Various ethnic New Yorkers, New England Yankee, Mid-Western, Southern, Chicago and so on. Hundreds of platters.”

“Excellent, a rare art. So brief me now in English.” He looked out of the window then, listening, closecut hair en brosse, seeing through raindrops on glass the interminable Prussian forest glooming into spring, mists lying low in hollows. Putzi’s precise Brandenburger voice flowed tight information in clipped accentless English.

Here and there they passed gun emplacements camouflaged with ragged nets stretched between trees, Waffen SS crews alert. Security looked as tight as a drumskin. It made Skorzeny proud to serve with such ready and able men.