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18 de març 2013

Garbo, the Catalan who misled the Germans on D Day!

Joan Pujol-Garcia MBE (1914-1988) fought on the Allies' side as "Garbo" during the Second World War. He won the confidence of the Nazis, tricking them into thinking he was he was an antisionist on their side willing to spy for them.  However, in actual fact he began to send them false messages, in accordance with the British authorities, and the moment of truth came when he led them to believe that the main thrust of the Allied liberation of Europe would aim at Calais and not at the Normandy beaches, which the Germans were led to believe was a decoy to distract their forces away from the narrowest part of the Enlgish channel.
Four years before his death, Joan Pujol was interviewed by Josep Maria Espinàs in "Identitats", on September 14 1984. Here is the fascinating hour-long programme.


Link: http://www.tv3.cat/3alacarta/#/videos/2412859

More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Pujol_Garcia

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