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PostSubject: 10 Unusual Events in World War II   Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:06 pm

In school, we’re given the bare bones facts about WWII, which tend to concentrate on the important stories: major battles and turning points like Pearl Harbor or D-Day. For those of us with a casual familiarity of the Big One, here are ten lesser known events which occurred during the war (aficionados will be familiar, we’re sure). Some of these entries may seem stranger than fiction, but all of them are true.
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PostSubject: Re: 10 Unusual Events in World War II   Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:21 pm

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Nazi Spy in the US




Event: The Nazi Spy in Manhattan Who Got Away – October 1935

At Pier 86 in New York City, an Abwehr (German military intelligence) agent with the alias William Lonkowski attempted to pass to his contact a violin case containing airplane blueprints and specifications, film negatives, photographs of a top secret US bomber and fighter plane, and written evidence that more secrets were being stolen by Nazi spies at Langley Field in Virginia and other places. However, he acted a little too suspiciously during the exchange and caught the attention of a US Customs official, Morris Josephs.

Suspecting Lonkowski might be smuggling merchandise with intent not to pay the proper duty, Josephs stopped him and searched the case. When the documents were discovered, Lonkowski was detained at the port by Customs supervisor John Roberts, who called in a US military intelligence officer, Major Stanley Grogan.

After examining the case’s contents, Grogan and Roberts discussed what to do with Lonkowski. They ultimately chose to let him go because they couldn’t decide what, if anything, to charge him with since America wasn’t at war with Germany at that point. Lonkowski was set free and returned to his native country a hero.
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