Total war led to total espionage as each major participant in the Second World War attempted to fathom the actions of the opposition – and in some cases even of its allies. The results ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous, but there was nothing humorous about this deadly game. Like chess, each move engendered a countermove. This program reviews some most famous and some little remembered espionage efforts of the war including German saboteurs landing on America’s East Coast, Japanese efforts against Pearl Harbor, Soviet penetration into the atomic bomb’s Manhattan Project, British Enigma decrypts of German radio transmissions, and other actions.
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Speaker: Robert Mueller caught the battlefield bug when, as a child, he visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Retirement brought him the opportunity to visit and study the battlefields of Europe.
He has written six visitor guides to the battlefields of Northern Europe under the Fields of War imprint which have garnered eleven national book awards including being honored by the Military Writers Society of America. His descriptive format and engaging writing style bring the history, significance, and people of the battlefield to life. Mr Mueller has also written comprehensive articles for WW II History Magazine and WW II Quarterly.
Mr. Mueller’s one-hour-long programs combine period and contemporary photographs with clearly drawn maps to describe the places and the people who dictated the battle’s outcome. He has delivered over 200 presentations across the metropolitan area to wide acclaim.
Robert Mueller holds advanced degrees in physics from the University of Illinois and in business administration from Lake Forest College. He performed his military service in the US Army Signal Corps during the Vietnam era. Mr Mueller is a member of the Midwest Writers Association, the Chicago Writers Association, and the Military Writers Society of America.
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