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The Making of a Spy

Memoir of a German Boy Soldier Turned American Army Intelligence Agent


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Leaving the chaos of postwar Germany for an uncertain future, 16-year-old Gerhardt Thamm arrived in America in 1948 with little more than his American birth certificate. With minimal command of English and little formal education, he enlisted in the Army and quickly found himself assigned to operations where his German language abilities were put to use. With the Soviet Union's emergence as a potential adversary, Thamm was recruited into the Army's clandestine services, where he operated as a secret agent in Germany, under multiple identities. This richly detailed personal narrative tells Thamm's incredible story and is supplemented by more than two dozen of the author's personal photographs and sketches.

Author Biography

Gerhardt B. Thamm retired in 1987 after serving more than 38 years in intelligence and security-related operations. He has written for the Armed Forces Journal International, Periscope, Golden Sphinx, The Voice of Intelligence and Naval Proceedings. In 1994 the CIA specially honored Gerhardt for a report which was recently declassified and published in Naval Intelligence Professional Quarterly. He now lives in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Release date Australia
April 15th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
28 photographs
McFarland & Co Inc
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