Glory Denied by Agent's Blunder

Fascist plot to assassinate

With increasing numbers of highly sensitive documents surfacing after the 50 year decay of classified material, an episode hushed up by the security services in 1931 can at last be brought into the public domain.

The International Six Days Trial (ISDT) was held that year in the Italian resort of Camisa Negra, a stronghold of the far right. The British team was captained by Lt. Colonel Gerrard Mallory-Parke (Eton and Grenadier Guards) who had been despatched by the War Office to reconnoitre the territory. The area had been identified as a possible 'jump-off' point for an invasion of the South of France by blackshirts. And Neville Chamberlain who had a holiday villa at Antibes was keen that his summer holiday was not to be disturbed by foreign aggressors of any description.

Mallory-Parke was equipped with the latest surveillance technology in the form of a 498cc AJS 'thumper' fitted with a 16mm movie camera disguised as a Lucas dynamo. Sadly, the camera failed as soon as the Lt. Colonel flicked the 'on' switch. With his scouting duties curtailed by a rare electrical malfunction, he gave the Ajay its head and had a crack at the competition proper.

Fifth-columnists within the FIM had suspected Mallory-Parke was 'up to something' and had placed a death squad at the final checkpoint before the timed 'scrambling' stage on the final day.

Agent Y (Cedric Hushe-Hushe), pictured far right) takes up the story: "It was dashed hard work. I had to run behind Gerrard's Ajay all the way, including the special stages, and when he was flat in top on some of the tarmac legs I had to break into a brisk jog to keep up. Fortunately I'd been issued with a special lightweight beret that stayed at a jaunty angle during the ordeal.

"When we got to the final checkpoint my finely-honed agent's instincts told me that some beastly malfeasance was afoot. No sooner had the Lt. Colonel dismounted and 'signed-on' than a man wearing the unmistakable black shirt of the 'fascisti' began walking towards the checkpoint.

"In the picture you can see me reaching for my Smith&Wesson service revolver. Seconds later the would-be assassin was lying dead from a single shot to the heart. On examination of the body it transpired that the man was in fact an innocent priest. The incident caused a great deal of trouble at the time and Mallory-Parke never forgave me for ruining his chances of an ISDT gold medal."

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