May 31, 2018

TODAY, May 31, 1945, the Allies captured history's greatest spy-catcher, German secret police officer Sergeant Hugo Bleicher, in Amsterdam.  The French, British, Canadians—even the Americans—all had files on him.  The British had two sets: one under "Mon...

May 26, 2018

ON THIS DAY, 26 May 1944, British Intelligence pulled off one of World War II's most amazing stunts. Using two doubles—double agent Dusko Popov and body double Lieutenant M. E. Clifton James—the British reinforced what Popov had been telling his German supervisor in Li...

May 20, 2018

Seventy-seven years ago today, May 20, 1941, British Naval Intelligence officer Ian Fleming checked into the Palacio Hotel in Estoril, a sea-side resort just west of Lisbon.  Fleming was on a stopover on his way to Washington with his boss, Admiral John Godfrey, to ass...

May 12, 2018

One in four. 

That's how many SOE agents in France were either executed, killed in action, or died during captivity.  Had not many agents escaped their prisons or concentration camps, the number would be closer to one in three.  But that's for all agents.  For wome...

May 4, 2018

TODAY 1945, a contingent of international hostages held by Nazi SS guards was liberated at the most breathtaking of sites—the Hotel Pragser-Wildsee—in northern Italy near the Austrian border. 

It was a scenario even the most creative of Hollywood scribes could not...

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