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.