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Karl Hans Lody (1877-1914)Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Karl Hans Lody (1877-1914)

Description: Karl Hans Lody (Carl Hans Lody; AKA: Charles A. Inglis; January 20, 1877-November 6, 1914), German Navy captain and spy in England during WWI. Born in Berlin and fluent with the English language, Lody moved to New York City in 1900, working as guide to rich tourists traveling on the Hamburg-America line. At the outbreak of WWI, he offered his services as a spy to Gustav Steinhauer, chief of German Naval Intelligence, and, following brief training (and for him inadequate), was sent to England to learn the locations and strength of the British war fleet, while using a false U.S. passport bearing the alias of Charles A. Inglis. Steinhauer knew Lody's mission to be near hopeless in that all German secret agents had by then been arrested and detained by MI5 and the Special Branch of Scotland Yard. Lody went to Edinburgh, then scouted the Scottish coast on bicycle, noting several British warships being repaired at the Firth of Forth and sent information on these vessels to Adolph Burchard, his contact in Stockholm, Sweden. This information, sent to Karl I. Stammer of German Naval Intelligence, allowed German submarine U-21 to sink the cruiser, HMS Pathfinder on September 5, 1914, the first ship sunk by a torpedo. Lody realized that he was being tailed by MI5 and Special Branch agents. MI5 was already monitoring his movements after most of his letters had been intercepted and decoded by MI5, this postal censorship instituted by MI5 chief Vernon Kell (Sir Vernon George Waldgrave Kell; AKA Code Name K; November 21, 1873-March 27, 1942). Lody sailed for Ireland, but was followed to Dublin, where he was arrested and returned to England for trial as a spy. He was convicted and shot at the Tower of London in 1914.

Category: Intelligence

Keywords: Karl Hans Lody, Carl Hans Lody, Charles A. Inglis, German Naval Intelligence, Gustav Steinhauer, MI5, Special Branch of Scotland Yard, Adolph Burchard, Karl I. Stammer, HMS Pathfinder, German submarines, U-21, spies, spymasters, spying, espionage, Intelligence, Tower of London, executions, firing squads, capital punishments, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Scotland, Dublin, Ireland, Imperial Germany, Vernon Kell, postal censorship

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 1200 x 1507 (1.81 MPixels) (1.26)

Print Size: 10.2 x 12.8 cm; 4.0 x 5.0 inches

File Size: 5.21 MB (5,459,698 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004450

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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