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Erich Gimpel, Nazi Spy, 1944Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Erich Gimpel, Nazi Spy, 1944

Description: Erich Gimpel (born March 25, 1910), who was apprehended by the FBI in 1944, after a fellow secret agent informed on him. Gimpel, who had been a Nazi spy in Peru and in Spain, was ordered to secretly land in the U.S. late in WWII to obtain vital information. In 1944, he and American turncoat William Colepaugh (William Curtis Colepaugh; March 25, 1918-March 16, 2005) landed by German submarine (U-boat U-1230) near Hancock Point in the Gulf of Maine on November 29, 1944. They made their way to New York City where they were to monitor the U.S. presidential election and obtain information on the Manhattan Project (U.S. development of the atomic bomb). Gimpel, an experienced radio operator, was to construct an 80-watt radio and send messages directly to Abwehr spymasters in Germany. Colepaugh, however, bragged to a friend that he was a Nazi spy and asked the friend to turn him in to the FBI, which he did. Colepaugh then betrayed Gimpel, who was arrested, but refused to give interrogators any information. Both were tried by military tribunal and sentenced to hang, but President Harry S. Truman commuted their sentences to life imprisonment. Gimpel was released in 1955 and Colepaugh paroled in 1960.

Category: Intelligence

Keywords: Erich Gimpel, William Colepaugh, Nazi spies, German Intelligence, Abwehr, spying, espionage, long-wave radios, FBI, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Manhattan Project, U-boats, U-1230, U.S. presidential elections, death sentences, hangings, capital punishments, life sentences, commutations, President Harry S. Truman, spymasters

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 930 x 1332 (1.24 MPixels) (1.43)

Print Size: 7.9 x 11.3 cm; 3.1 x 4.4 inches

File Size: 3.58 MB (3,750,294 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004579

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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