Nazi plot to terrorize US during WWII faltered after drunken leader revealed he was saboteur

April 5th, 2011 - 1:51 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 5 (ANI): Released MI5 files have revealed that a small group of Nazi spies had planned to unleash a campaign of terror and sabotage on the United States from within its borders during the Second World War, but failed after their drunken team leader revealed that he was a secret agent.

The declassified MI5 files, released by the British National Archives, has given a detailed account of the failing of the well-known June 1942 German plot to land eight Nazi operatives on U.S. shores, four along the Florida coast and four others on New York’s Long Island. The operatives were supposed to begin sabotaging U.S. factories, canals and railways and execute “small acts of terrorism” aimed at Jewish-owned shops in these locations, ABC News reports.

The spies were reportedly trained in explosives at a special “Sabotage School.”

The report said that the teams involved in ‘Operation Pastorius’, named after an early German settler in colonial America, were “better equipped with sabotage apparatus and better trained than any other expeditions of which the Security Service has heard.”

Despite that the plan had begun to falter before the operatives even made the trip across the Atlantic.

According to the documents, one of the spies got drunk at a hotel bar in Paris, which was occupied by the German military at that time, and “told everyone that he was a secret agent.”

One team, which had been dropped off on Long Island still wearing their Germany military uniforms after the submarine that delivered them accidentally ran aground, was almost immediately caught by an unidentified U.S. military official, the report said.

The teams were eventually arrested after the team leader, George John Dasch, called up the FBI from a New York hotel “saying that he was a saboteur and wished to tell his story to (FBI chief J. Edgar) Hoover.” His request was refused, but Dasch did come to an FBI building where he told the whole story.

One of the men in the Florida team “assisted authorities in causing his own arrest by going into an FBI office when ‘Wanted’ notices were already out for him, pretending that he had just arrived from Mexico and wanted to clear up his military service papers,” the report added. (ANI)

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