Spies in the Congo: America's Atomic Mission in World War II

Spies in the Congo: America's Atomic Mission in World War II

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Overview

The Shinkolobwe Mine in the Belgian Congo was described by a 1943 Manhattan Project intelligence report as the "most important deposit of uranium yet discovered in the world." So long as the U.S. remained in control of this mine and its supply, it had a world monopoly on the primary material needed to build an atomic bomb. The uranium from this mine was used to build the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Given the possibility that the Germans were also working on an atomic bomb, it was a priority for the U.S. to prevent Congo's uranium from being smuggled to Germany. This task was given to the newly created Office of Strategic Services, later known as the CIA.

Although much has been written about ALSOS, the secret intelligence mission created to investigate the German atomic project, so far nothing has been written about the intelligence mission at the source of uranium-the Belgian Congo. Spies in the Congo is based on a mass of newly released (and formerly top secret) archive material in the U.S., the U.K., and Belgium; personal testimonies; and a range of audio visual materials, including a set of eight mm films taken by the lead spy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515954323
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Susan Williams is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. She has published many books on history and literature, including The People's King, Who Killed Hammarskj ld?, Ladies of Influence, and the widely acclaimed Colour Bar.

Justine Eyre has turned her passion for reading and remarkable facility with accents into her dream career. This classically trained, multilingual actress has narrated well over 400 audiobooks and has been honored to receive a coveted Audie Award and multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Codewords ix

Cast of Characters xiii

Maps xx

Letter from Albert Einstein to President Roosevelt, 2 August 1939 xxiii

1 Introduction: The Manhattan Project and Shinkolobwe 1

2 Teton 13

3 Crisp 29

4 Crumb 41

5 Chief of Station, Congo 55

6 'Attention! Bloc Radioactif!' 69

7 Angella 83

8 'Born Secret' 93

9 The Mission 105

10 The British Opposites 115

11 Flare 125

12 The Cutout 135

13 Locust 147

14 'Hotbed of Spies' 159

15 Framed 169

16 Collaborating with the Nazis 181

17 A Dead Shot 191

18 Stehli the Detective 201

19 'One Minute to Midnight' 213

20 Hiroshima 225

21 Atomic Spies 237

22 Conclusion: The Missing Link 253

Appendix 269

List of Illustrations 271

Notes and Sources 277

Archive Repositories 311

Bibliography 313

Filmography 329

Acknowledge merits 331

Index 341

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