CATEGORY: Spies
OSS: The Predecessor of the CIA
October 28, 2016

Some 13,000 men and women worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the U.S. intelligence agency during World War II and the forerunner of the modern CIA. Read More

How a Spy’s Marital Troubles Nearly Derailed D-Day
September 29, 2016

Newly declassified files have revealed how one of Britain’s greatest double agent’s marital troubles threatened his cover and could have altered the course of World War II. Read More

When Roald Dahl Spied on the United States
September 14, 2016

Read about Roald Dahl’s secret life befriending presidents and bedding socialites as part of a British spy ring in the United States. Read More

The History Teacher Who Outwitted the Gestapo
August 23, 2016

Meet the history teacher-turned-Resistance heroine who outwitted the Gestapo and rescued her husband (more than once) from captivity. Read More

The Exotic Dancer Who Became WWI’s Most Notorious Spy
August 5, 2016

Once Europe’s most prominent striptease performer, Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad after she was found guilty of spying for the Germans during World War I. Read More

Remembering the U-2 Spy Plane Incident
May 1, 2015

Fifty-five years ago, one of the most notorious chapters in the Cold War began after American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down and captured during a spying mission over the Soviet Union. Read More

Notes by Alan Turing’s Team Found in the Walls of Code-Breaking Hut
February 6, 2015

Papers used by Alan Turing’s cryptologists for their World War II-era work breaking the “Enigma” code have been found being used to line the roof of a drafty hut at Britain’s Bletchley Park. Read More

British Files Reveal Secrets of WWII Spies, Traitors
September 18, 2014

Newly released WWII files confirm the existence of a legendary seductive spy and reveal more about one of Britain’s most notorious traitors. Read More

Fooling Hitler: The Elaborate Ruse Behind D-Day
June 3, 2014

Find out more about the sophisticated hoax that fooled the Nazis and laid the groundwork for the Normandy invasion. Read More

Prisoner Exchanges Across the Bridge of Spies, From Powers to Shcharansky
February 10, 2012

The Glienicke Brücke, a small steel structure that crosses the Havel River and links Berlin with Potsdam, spanned the front line of the Cold War for three decades. It was the setting for a few of the most memorable high-value prisoner exchanges between the Soviets and the West. Find out more about the “Bridge of Spies” and the swaps that took place there. Read More