George John Dasch

George John Dasch

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George John Dasch

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<!-- Unsourced image removed: -->George John Dasch (February 7, 1903 &ndash;1992) was a German spy and saboteur who landed on American soil during World War II. He helped to destroy Nazi Germany’s espionage program in the United States by defecting to the American cause, but was tried and convicted of treason and espionage.

Early life

Georg Johann Dasch was born in Speyer, Germany. He entered a Roman Catholic seminary at the age of 13 to study for the priesthood. However, he was expelled the following year. Lying about his age, he enlisted in the Imperial German Army and served in Belgium during the final months of World War I. In 1923 he entered the United States illegally by ship as a stowaway. Dasch enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army Air Forces and served one year, when he purchased himself out of the Army and received an honorable discharge. He then worked as a waiter in New York City, and in 1930 married Rose Marie Guille, an American citizen. Naturalized an American citizen in 1933, Dasch returned to Germany in 1941.

Operation Pastorius

Preparation for espionage

Dasch and the others were trained for espionage activities in a German High Command school on an estate at Quentz Lake, near Berlin, Germany.

The agents received three weeks of intensive sabotage training and were instructed in the manufacture and use of explosives, incendiary material and various forms of mechanical, chemical, and electrical delayed timing devices. Considerable...
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