Roald Dahl and Josephine Baker Were Top-secret Agents During WWII Against the Nazis
Before he wrote books for kids like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl was a member of a British spy ring based in Washington, D.C. In 1939, Dahl joined the Royal Air Force and learned to fly fighter planes.
He flew a few combat missions before getting hurt in a crash landing in the North African desert. This was the end of his flying career in the military.
In 1942, the British Security Coordination network asked Dahl to join (BSC). Ian Fleming, who would later write the James Bond books, was one of the people in the group.
The group’s goal was to spread propaganda and do other secret things to get the United States to join the war against Germany, even though it didn’t want to.
Dahl used his charm to get into dinners and cocktail parties so he could tell BSC what was going on. One time, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Dahl to go to Hyde Park with them.
During the meeting, he took notes to send to BSC. Dahl was also friends with Vice President Henry Wallace and Harry Truman, who was a senator at the time. Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in 1906.
By the 1920s, she was a huge star known all over Europe and a major symbol of the Jazz Age. Baker didn’t like how racist the Nazis were. Because of this and the fact that she was grateful to France, where she first became famous, Baker worked for the French Resistance against the Nazi occupation during World War II.
Because she was a performer, she could go all over Europe without anyone noticing or suspecting anything. Baker went to many embassy parties to get military and political information for the Resistance. She was known for putting “intelligence secrets on her sheet music in invisible ink.”
Baker also used her rooms to hide refugees and members of the French Resistance. Also, in November 1940, she helped get documents to General Charles de Gaulle and the Free French Government without being caught.
She made believe that she was on a tour of South America. She carried a sheet of music with information “written in invisible ink” about where German troops were moving in France, and she hid secret photos under her dress.
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