“If it wasn’t for this bugging operation, we may well have not won the war.”
“Secret listeners” – Thousands of German POWs held captive in England during World War II were bugged by “secret listeners” who were themselves German refugees, working for the British. Historian Helen Fry and one of the last surviving listeners explain how the prisoners were lulled into divulging secrets of the Nazi war machine.
*The high-ranking guests chatted away at such events in their native language, unaware that Col Kendrick himself spoke German and that such entertainment was being provided so as to relax them in captivity, making them so unguarded as to spill secrets – which they did.
But what the prisoners did not know was that British intelligence had bugged every part of their accommodation, from lampshades and plant pots right down to the billiards table around which they relaxed on lazy days.
They were gleaning information about the psyche of the Nazi military from the idle gossip flowing between the prisoners.
*Winston Churchill was outraged when he learned the generals had been bussed into the lavish Simpson’s-in-the-Strand in central London for lunch. He ordered what he called “the pampering of the generals” to be stopped.
But spoiling the generals and boosting their egos was providing so much useful information that the British intelligence officers decided to carry on. http://goo.gl/tQDVaZ
VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.”
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