The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Garbo, And Not Greta

The Best of World War II blog posted this item about The Spy with 29 Names, a book by Jason Webster.  The spy is question is none other than the legendary double-agent "Garbo."  Garbo was in reality, Juan Pujol, a Spaniard who was caught up in the Spanish Civil War.  After being rejected initially by British intelligence, he started feeding the Germans false information on his own.  When the British discovered how effective he was at misleading the Nazis, they quickly changed their minds.  The Germans were so trusting of Garbo's information, that their reliance on it effectively cemented the success of D-Day.  The Germans even awarded him the Iron Cross, making him probably the only person in history to receive that honor and the Victoria Cross from Great Britain.

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