L Ron Hubbard’s Hidden War History With The OSS
The Lone Wolf Agent
By Virginia McClaughry
Greetings fellow earthlings!
This couldn’t wait – I’m posting it by itself now in the interim until the full version is ready for inclusion in The Reading Library.
On the trail of a name-changing and Eugenics-loving OSS agent who was involved with the setting up (with Tavistock psychiatrists) the assessment program in the U.S. for intelligence agents during WWII, I ordered in some very old books.
One of them, written by this agent of whom I speak, Anthony Mitrano AKA William James Morgan, had the following entry in his Spies and Saboteurs book, Chapter II: Pemberley.
The Book –
Spies and Saboteurs by William James Morgan, published London, Victor Gollancz LTD 1955
A little background, excerpted from my as yet unpublished E-book about the BSC (British Security Coordination)
Pemberley was the fictional country estate owned by Fitzwilliam Darcy, the male protagonist in Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice.
The very real estate, that Morgan headed off to by train, was called Wanborough Manor. It was located only an hour or so from London in the English countryside, more specifically Puttenham, Guildford, Surrey.
It had been given over (by a titled noble) to the SOE for it’s use, towards the beginning of the War.
SOE called it STS 5 – it was the initial training establishment for SOE operatives in the ‘F’ Section. The ‘F’ stood for France, where Morgan had said that he preferred to be sent (when asked by the OSS).
However, the actual 4-day assessment program of the newly formed SAB (Student Assessment Board – June 1943) had been recently moved to Winterfold Estate, some time in the summer of 1943. It had previously named STS 4 and was renamed STS 7 when the SAB took it over. Presumably Morgan was actually there, rather than at Wanborough, for the actual 4-day assessment, but perhaps there was still some crossover going on.
Be that as it may, no description of the British “assessment program”, would be complete without including that it’s actual origins lay with the Tavistock boys – Eric Trist, Ronald Hargreaves (as British Command psychiatrist), Sir Ronald Adam (Adjutant General) and John Rawlings Rees.
OK. That’s the setting. Pemberley, whether it be at Wanborough or Winterfold, at this time was fully SPY assessment, by the way. Agents. Whether the person was fit for Intelligence work.
By this time, the British were unhappy with, as they put it, “the calibre” of the American-trained spies.
So, by the time Morgan was recruited the British had insisted (and so it was decided) that they be in charge of qualifying each and every American spy candidate.
THAT is important.
Morgan (the author) was recruited first into the OSS, second by OSS London to work directly with the British as the only American psychologist on the staff of their Assessment program – the time period is late Summer/Early Fall 1943.
He went through the testing himself, and describes the talk that the new group of spy candidates were given (that he was amongst).
The new group of spy candidates was assembled to hear a talk by the CO, Colonel Carey, who liked to twirl the ends of his bushy eyebrows while he talked. “You will be here for four days,” he said. “You will be tested by psychologists, interrogated by psychiatrists, called on to solve all sorts of individual and group problems under the whiplash of the Military Testing Officers, and then finally interviewed by me. This is what we call assessment. Do your best, because your future in intelligence will depend upon your showing here.”
Check out page 22, this is where it really gets interesting.
Plain Text –
I was invited to join one of the groups of candidates and go through the assessment with them so as to get their point of view.
There was another American in my group, who soon made himself disliked by his teammates and by anyone else who would listen to him.
He claimed to have made one hundred and sixty-three parachute jumps as a barnstorming daredevil, to have been a deep-sea diver, an airline pilot, and an automobile speed-racer, to speak French, Spanish, and German; and to have starred in Hollywood pictures.
The others would shout him down and demand proof, but he always contrived to produce it-newspaper clippings, snapshots, testimonials, idiomatic backchat in three languages.
At the end of his stay in Pemberley he was failed as a team-worker but given an exceptionally high rating as a lone wolf operative, with the reservation that his success would depend on how far he could cut down his boasting. He went into France several months before the Normandy invasion and, posing as a German, joined a German army unit. When the fighting became fierce he made his way to the American line with vital order-of-battle information. His coolness, self-assurance, and talent for plausible lying won him the Distinguished Service Cross.”
Remind you of anyone?
- barnstorming daredevil
- deep-sea diver,
- an airline pilot,
- and an automobile speed-racer,
- to speak French, Spanish, and German;
- and to have starred in Hollywood pictures.
That’s L. Ron Hubbard to a “T”!
Things just got a whole lot more interesting, didn’t they?