Johannes Eppler (1914–1999), also known as Hans Eppler, John Eppler, and Hussein Gaafer, was a World War II Abwehr spy, a German who had been raised in Egypt by his Egyptian stepfather. One of Rommel's spies during the North African campaign in World War II, Operation Salaam led by László Almásy spirited Eppler and Hans-Gerd Sandstede into Cairo although they were both arrested soon after arrival in July 1942. Eppler is the subject of MI5 file KV 2/1467.
Eppler is the subject of a book by Leonard Mosley, The Cat and the Mice, and is again referenced in Mosley's The Druid. Eppler and his radio operator Sandstede are plainly the source for the two German spies portrayed by Lee Montague and Michael Caine in the British film of The Cat and the Mice, retitled Foxhole in Cairo (1960).
The film and novel The English Patient also references Operation Salaam and Eppler's activities, without naming either.
- Details on spy activity
- The Cat and the Mice - Leonard Mosley, London 1960
- Rommel ruft Kairo - Hans Eppler, 1959
- - UK National Archives references
- "Deceiving Hitler"
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