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Posted on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 10:38

Here's a history bit that I bet you never knew...
 
When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan in 1934, some fans wondered why a third-string catcher named Moe Berg was included.
 
 
The answer: Berg was a US spy.
 
Speaking 15 languages - including Japanese - Moe Berg had two loves: baseball and spying.
 
In Tokyo, garbed in a kimono, Berg took flowers to the daughter of an American diplomat being treated in St. Luke's Hospital - the tallest building in the Japanese capital.
 
He never delivered the flowers.
The ball-player ascended to the hospital roof and filmed key features: the harbor, military installations, railway yards, etc.
 
Eight years later, General Jimmy Doolittle studied Berg's films in planning his spectacular raid on Tokyo.
 
 
Berg's father, Bernard Berg, a pharmacist in Newark, New Jersey, taught his son Hebrew and Yiddish.  Moe, against his wishes, began playing baseball on the street aged four.
 
His father disapproved and never once watched his son play.
In Barringer High School, Moe learned Latin, Greek and French.
 
He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton having added Spanish, Italian, German and Sanskrit to his linguistic quiver.
 
During further studies at the Sorbonne, in Paris, and Columbia Law School, he picked up Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Arabic, Portuguese and Hungarian - 15 languages in all, plus some regional dialects.
 
While playing baseball for Princeton University, Moe Berg would describe plays in Latin or Sanskrit.
 
 
During World War II, he was parachuted into Yugoslavia to assess the value to the war effort of the two groups of partisans there.  He reported back that Marshall Tito's forces were widely supported by the people and Winston Churchill ordered all-out support for the Yugoslav underground fighter, rather than Mihajlovic's Serbians.
 
The parachute jump at age 41 undoubtedly was a challenge. But there was more to come in that same year.
 
Berg penetrated German-held Norway, met with members of the underground and located a secret heavy water plant - part of the Nazis' effort to build an atomic bomb.
 
His information guided the Royal Air Force in a bombing raid to destroy the plant.
 

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Posted on Sun, Mar 30, 2014 18:15

Quoting liora1:

Awesome story!.  Thank you for sharing!,

 

Liora1



I agree!  You're more than welcome.



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Posted on Sun, Mar 30, 2014 07:24

Awesome story!.  Thank you for sharing!,

 

Liora1



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Posted on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 20:34

Quoting hollywoodesign:

All sports were invented to be a distraction for the people and all with alternative motives. That story served them well with intentions of a "trojan horse". All while the elite were selling weapons to both sides. They love war...that gives them great wealth and power as well as thins down the herd. Sports are meant as a distraction to keep us from finding out what they are really up to. If we are all routing for our team during the Super Bowl, maybe we won't notice the crimes that are being comitted by the powers that be...Just like New Years Eve, while we watched the fireworks Our "great" leader signed us down the river with the NDAA. Most Americans don't even know what that stands for much less what it means to their lives. 



I couldn't agee more.  It's one of the reasons I gave up watching so much sports and just concentrated on playing a few sports.

 

I had  a lot of time on my hands so I started going to strip clubs.  Now I'm wondering if strip clubs were also invented by the New World Order as a distraction.

 

Any opinions?  If I have to give up strip clubs what do I turn to next?



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Posted on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 00:26

All sports were invented to be a distraction for the people and all with alternative motives. That story served them well with intentions of a "trojan horse". All while the elite were selling weapons to both sides. They love war...that gives them great wealth and power as well as thins down the herd. Sports are meant as a distraction to keep us from finding out what they are really up to. If we are all routing for our team during the Super Bowl, maybe we won't notice the crimes that are being comitted by the powers that be...Just like New Years Eve, while we watched the fireworks Our "great" leader signed us down the river with the NDAA. Most Americans don't even know what that stands for much less what it means to their lives. 



It's easy to look intelligent. Just think of something stupid to say, and don't say it!

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Posted on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 07:28

Quoting 3345roc:

 
 
The R.A.F. destroys the Norwegian heavy water plant targeted by Moe Berg.
 
There still remained the question of how far had the Nazis progressed in the race to build the first Atomic bomb.
If the Nazis were successful, they would win the war.  Berg (under the code name "Remus") was sent to Switzerland to hear leading German physicist Werner Heisenberg,a Nobel Laureate, lecture and determine if the Nazis were close to building an A-bomb.  Moe managed to slip past the SS guards at the auditorium, posing as a Swiss graduate student.
 
The spy carried in his pocket a pistol and a cyanide pill.
 If the German indicated the Nazis were close to building a weapon, Berg was to shoot him - and then swallow the cyanide pill.
Moe, sitting in the front row, determined that the Germans were nowhere near their goal,
so he complimented Heisenberg on his speech and walked him back to his hotel.
 
 
Moe Berg's report was distributed to Britain's Prime Minister, Winston Churchill,
President Franklin D. Roosevelt and key figures in the team developing the Atomic Bomb.  Roosevelt responded:
"Give my regards to the catcher."
 
Most of Germany's leading physicists had been Jewish and had fled the Nazis mainly to Britain and the United States.
After the war, Moe Berg was awarded the Medal of Merit - America's highest honor for a civilian in wartime.
But Berg refused to accept, as he couldn't tell people about his exploits.
After his death, his sister accepted the Medal and it hangs in the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown,
 
March 2,1902-----May 29, 1972


Thanks for the post too!! much appreciated!



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Posted on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 05:25

Quoting Linglit:

WOW!! Thanks for the post. :-)



WOW... I got a WOW from Lingit.  Thanks, made my day darlin'.



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Posted on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 14:48

WOW!! Thanks for the post. :-)



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Posted on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 10:42

 
 
The R.A.F. destroys the Norwegian heavy water plant targeted by Moe Berg.
 
There still remained the question of how far had the Nazis progressed in the race to build the first Atomic bomb.
If the Nazis were successful, they would win the war.  Berg (under the code name "Remus") was sent to Switzerland to hear leading German physicist Werner Heisenberg,a Nobel Laureate, lecture and determine if the Nazis were close to building an A-bomb.  Moe managed to slip past the SS guards at the auditorium, posing as a Swiss graduate student.
 
The spy carried in his pocket a pistol and a cyanide pill.
 If the German indicated the Nazis were close to building a weapon, Berg was to shoot him - and then swallow the cyanide pill.
Moe, sitting in the front row, determined that the Germans were nowhere near their goal,
so he complimented Heisenberg on his speech and walked him back to his hotel.
 
 
Moe Berg's report was distributed to Britain's Prime Minister, Winston Churchill,
President Franklin D. Roosevelt and key figures in the team developing the Atomic Bomb.  Roosevelt responded:
"Give my regards to the catcher."
 
Most of Germany's leading physicists had been Jewish and had fled the Nazis mainly to Britain and the United States.
After the war, Moe Berg was awarded the Medal of Merit - America's highest honor for a civilian in wartime.
But Berg refused to accept, as he couldn't tell people about his exploits.
After his death, his sister accepted the Medal and it hangs in the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown,
 
March 2,1902-----May 29, 1972

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