A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret War Short Essay - Answer Key

William Stephenson
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1. Give a few facts about William Stevenson.

William Stevenson, born in Western Canada, served with the Royal Canadian Engineers and then the Royal Flying Corps in World War I. He began to write reports assessing the German air capability. After being shot down and captured in Germany, he escaped and wrote a detailed report on German prison camps. Stevenson was then assigned to be a test pilot.

2. How did William Stevenson get into the field of communications?

After WWI, Stevenson attended Oxford specializing in radio communications. He taught at the University of Manitoba and became interested in public broadcasting. His interest along with two other men, led to the formation of the British Broadcasting Company.

3. What was taking place in Germany in the early 1920s and how does that influence Stevenson?

There was a lot of scientific work taking place in Germany, as well as the revival of German militarism in the early 1920s. Working with Charles Steinmetz and Chaim Weizmann, Stevenson learned various scientific concepts and began to see the value of early warning systems in defense and the value of intelligence services.

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