A few days ago, I was having a conversation with a friend about the recent arrests of Russian spies and their use of CW as a communications method. This friend is also an ex-submariner and he asked me if I knew about Operation Pastorius during World War II.
I’d never heard of it.
Enter Google, Wikipedia and my friend’s knowledge of the event. The more I heard & read, the more I wanted to know.
So I’m currently halfway through Betrayal by David Alan Johnson and have to say that it’s an incredibly interesting story with a good amount of J. Edgar Hoover’s eccentricities thrown in for relevent seasoning.
Content for the book comes from eye-witness accounts (of German submarine U-202 temporarily stranded on a Long Island beach), confessions of the would-be saboteurs, court transcriptions and FBI files, all woven into a compelling story of a relatively little-known event.
CQDXVW and AOR were the callsigns used by the US-based spies and their controllers back in Hamburg, respectively.
Rather than writing what’s already available online, check out these links for more info on this fascinating story:
This story is as much an adventure tale as an historical account. Players include German spies, German-American traitors, submarines, Morse Code, high explosives and executions.
Good fun reading all around…