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World War II German Saboteurs in America Files Published After 68 Years of Secrecy


Los Angeles, CA - BACM Research - has announced the publishing of recently declassified World War II era British Intelligence MI5 files, covering the infiltration of America by German saboteurs.

Because of strict British secrecy involving security matters, these files were not made available to the public until April 2011. The U.S. government allowed information about this German operation to become public after the end of World War II. However, the British view took 68 years to become public.

The files can be downloaded and more information can be found at:

The files cover the sabotage mission’s objectives; The German personnel sent on the mission; Information about the training the German agents received at sabotage school; and the equipment to be used during the operation.

On June 13, and June 17, 1942 two groups of German sabotage agents landed on Long Island and Florida as part of the German military intelligence’s Operation Pastorius.

“The task of the saboteurs was to slow down production at certain factories concerned with the American war effort,” MI5 Agent Rothschild wrote in his report. “The sabotage was not to be done in such a way that it appeared accidental,” he noted. “The saboteurs were however told that they must avoid killing or injuring people as this would not benefit Germany.”

The targets planned for this operation included: hydroelectric plants at Niagara Falls, Aluminum Company of America plants, Ohio River locks, the Horseshoe Curve railroad pass, Pennsylvania Railroad’s rail yards, a cryolite plant in Philadelphia, Hell Gate Bridge in New York; and Pennsylvania Station in Newark, New Jersey.
Ironically the mission itself was sabotaged by one of its leaders and all eight German agents were taken into custody. They were put on trial before a secret military tribunal.

All Eight men were found guilty and sentenced to death. Because of their cooperation, President Roosevelt commuted the sentences of Peter Burger to life in prison and George Dasch to 30 years. On August 8, 1942 the other six were executed in an electric chair on the third floor of the District of Columbia jail.

The files can be downloaded and more information can be found at:

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