The intelligence and counterintelligence dimensions of the Second World War are replete with fascinating tales of courage, treachery, and intrigue. IWP adjunct professor Raymond Batvinis brings to light one such story in his essay on the wartime exploits of FBI (and later CIA) officer Louis C. Beck.
Beck's foreign service took him to Moscow, where he was responsible for covert investigations of serious security breaches at the US embassy. His reports had a significant effect on the conduct of US affairs in Russia during the war, even reaching the desk of Army Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall. To read Dr. Batvinis's gripping essay, which first appeared in World War II Quarterly, please download it here:
Batvinis Beck essay