Book review by Anonymous of Frogman Extraordinary and Danger from Moscow by Joseph Heisler aka J. Bernard Hutton

book about British Commander Lionel Crabb,

    22 SEPT 93


FROGMAN EXTRAORDINARY and DANGER FROM MOSCOW. By J. Bernard Hutton (pseudonym for Joseph Heisler).  (London: Spearman, Neville; and Toronto: Burns & MacEachern. 1960.)
  These two recent accessions to the literature respectively of counterespionage and international Communism want careful marking. The pieces have a common taint that makes them suspect at a time when the East's hot war of words against the West appears to be putting more and more reliance on forgery and prevarication. "Hutton's" efforts may be merely a pecuniary speculation by an exile fabrication mill, or they may be something more sophisticated, a product of Moscow's cold warriors; a case can be made for either view. It is necessary in any event to call attention to the fraud and its perils.
  Frogman Extraordinary, dubbed by its publishers "The Counter-Espionage Book of the Year," purports to be the inside story of the fatal underwater mission carried out by Commander Lionel Crabb on 18 May 1956 against the Soviet cruiser Ordzhonikidze in Portsmouth Harbor. According to "Hutton," the Soviet_ internal security service called its acolyte services together in Moscow early in August 1959 and passed them a dossier on the Crabb case (and several others) for use in training their operatives. The core of the book is the alleged dossier, translated from a German original of which the usual facsimiles are shown. "Hutton" attributes Western acquisition of these materials to "those men and women who, in the Soviet rear, daily risk their lives to obtain information for the Western world."
  The story, like most such fabrications, contains no provable facts not made public in the news coverage during and since the Crabb affair. Whether or not the dossier was fed to "Hutton" by Soviet agents, with or without his knowledge, the Soviets clearly stand to gain from its publication. Soviet intelligence is shown as omniscient. It is alleged to have known the details of the Crabb operation before it was carried out. At one point there is a serious reference to the "brilliant brains of the Soviet security officers." It is also depicted as humane: after immobilizing, capturing, and conveying Crabb



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