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  1. smithsonj

    smithsonj New Member

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    Hey all, would be great if anybody had information on Americans spies/units trained in outing moles within the U.S. military during the war. Any names of people employed in this capacity would be helpful as would books, articles, or any other related sources that would help me learn more about the topic. Thanks!
     
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    Biak Adjutant Patron  

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    Well you could start at the beginning;

    Wild Bill Donovan by Douglas Waller

    The OSS and so much more. Happy reading
     
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    CAC Ace of Spades

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    I could tell you...but then id have to kill you...
     
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    Biak Adjutant Patron  

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    I got people for that.
     
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    Thanks for that. Does anyone happen know any specific units that worked in this capacity? Or anyone know about spies who outed moles on D-Day who, for example, tried to tell Germans the landing points or other intel?
     
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    The German espionage operation in the UK had been either turned or eliminated well before D-Day. With in the US the FBI would I believe have been the primary organization looking for spies. I don't remember reading much about spies in the US military. By D-Day I would expect them to have be keeping their heads as low as possible as the Axis defeat would have looked pretty certain from the angle of anyone in the US military.
     
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    Spying, subterfuge and general all around chaos was a very real and tangible concern before, during and just as importantly after the war.

    Go to the General Discussion forum and click on Codes, Cyphers and Spies.

    You'll find your answers.
     
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    Hmm. Why does that book sound familiar?
     
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    Biak Adjutant Patron  

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    It's one of those "Need to Know" things Lou ;)

    Thanks again for getting me in the loop and up to speed. I'm slow but gaining !
     
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    The Doublecross System.
     
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    The Germans had several networks in the US, but most were rolled up by the FBI by 1941. One agent escaped capture and continued to report until about 1942. He reported that the US would manufacture 50,000 planes in 1943. Hitler thought that fantasy and concluded the man was compromised. The actual number in 1943 was more than 84,000. As I recall, the agent was never apprehended.

    A woman in New York was sent to prison for sending secrets hidden in dolls through Argentina.

    The saboteurs landed on Long Island have been well documented.

    If you ask me for sources it will take some digging.
     
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