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Two female fanatics planned a blood-bath – which could have delayed Hitler’s defeat for years – when Allied leaders met to discuss the invasion, MI5 files have revealed.

But the pair, Marita Perigoe and Eileen Gleave, were being monitored by British secret agents. They were among more than 500 British fascists recruited into a fake Nazi espionage ring by the British secret service to ensure they never did any real harm.

MI5’s Eric Roberts, an ex-bank clerk from Epsom, Surrey, had masqueraded as Hitler’s top agent in Britain, Jack King.

But as the tide turned against Germany, the traitors began baying for blood. Perigoe and Gleave – two of “Agent Jack’s” first recruits – began to suspect his Gestapo credentials were fake. Seemingly mildmannered picture restorer Perigoe was a failed artist like Hitler, and Gleave had hated Churchill since her cousin died at Gallipoli.

The pair shared a house in Wembley, North-west London.

They had known the whereabouts of the Wembley Home Guard arms depot since 1942, and in 1944 they found Field Marshal Montgomery was planning Operation Overlord – the blueprint for the Normandy landings – from the offi ce of his former headmaster.

The school had been empty since pupils and staff were evacuated to Berkshire to escape the Blitz. Robert Hutton, author of new book Agent Jack, said: “As D -Day approached, the Fifth Column considered drastic action: could they kill General Eisenhower?

They knew the commander of Allied ground forces, Britain’s General Montgomery, had his HQ at St Paul’s school, Hammersmith, west London. “Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the invasion, would be going there for meetings.” Roberts wanted to turn their plan down flat, but realised he had to gamble with Ike and Monty’s lives to avoid blowing his cover.

“Perigoe and Gleave were quite capable of attempting something on their own initiative, and, if they did, it would be his fault for failing to stop them,” Mr Hutton added.

“But on the other hand, his refusal to let them act risked raising their already present suspicions.”

He warned Eisenhower who just laughed it off. And in the end, no attempt was made. Churchill and Eisenhower completed their work – and on May 15 1944, they unveiled the invasion plans to Churchill and King George VI in the school lecture theatre.

Agent Jack was so successful MI5 thought of setting up a fascist party after the German surrender to snare die-hard Nazis still active in Britain. Even Churchill was never told about Agent Jack or the Eisenhower death plot, which was only revealed when historian Mr Hutton spotted a reference in a letter written after the war.

The 500 traitors were never prosecuted as MI5 had not told the Home Secretary.

And, with the war over, no one wanted to know.

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