Nazi Un-intelligence

I have written in this blog several times about the importance of words and language. I have just finished reading No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin. In this book, Mrs. Goodwin writes about the lives of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II. I have enjoyed this author’s writing skills once before when I read A Team of Rivals, a study of President Abraham Lincoln’s administration. In the Roosevelt book, Mrs. Goodwin tells of a time during the war when Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill felt that it was necessary to meet in order to collaborate on plans for the invasion of North Africa. They chose to meet in Casablanca. Keeping the location of their meeting was a top-secret priority, as the Nazi’s would certainly have planned an attack had they known the location. Later, after the summit, it was learned that the Germans had indeed learned of the meeting and its location. However, no attack was planned as they read Casablanca to mean that the meeting was at the White House. Casa means “house;” blanca means “white.” The President and the Prime Minister were fortunately protected by a misreading of the name of the location of the meeting.


About bobosbest

I am a 79-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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