Military Intel: Behind the Scenes

Intelligence workers may not have played the dashing roles of their overseas counterparts, but their ability to interrogate, interpret, and decode made them more than ordinary office workers. There were undercover assignments as well as long hours at a desk, trying to make sense of intercepted, coded enemy messages. And for some a taste of wartime intelligence work led to a career in the field as a civilian.

Featured Story: Louis L. Weinstein

"You were learning things about people that they didn't think their neighbors knew about them."

(Video Interview, 17:04)

A 29-year-old lawyer with an established practice when he entered the Army, Louis L. Weinstein found his niche working as a plainclothes investigator. His first assignments were in Chicago (where recruiting was taking place for the Manhattan Project) and his native Detroit (where there was strong sympathy for the Nazi cause). By war's end, he was in San Francisco, interviewing released prisoners of the Japanese in preparation for war crimes trials.