Do you know anyone who is a spy?
Probably not. The most important part of becoming a spy is that no one can know that you are one.
was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy
Although most famous for her service in the Underground Railroad – the organization that helped lead the American slaves to freedom, Harriette Tubman was also a spy for the Union during the U.S. Civil War.
She often went behind confedarate lines and was ASSUMED to be a slave (how ironic 🙂
was an American expatriate entertainer and actress in the 1920s who moved to France.
During World War II, she served as a secret informer for French intelligence. She wrote secret messages on her sheet music, using invisible ink!
- observant and accurate so they can report details and make smart moves.
- have good memories.
- have confidence and courage; the life of a spy can be very dangerous.
- have a good sense of intuition and understanding of people.
- have a strong curiosity.
Spies work in secret to gather information about an enemy and give that information to a “spy master,” the person who wants it. This secret information is called “intelligence.”
Spies use many different tools to gather information. They also must transmit information back to their home base.
Spies disguise themseleves, or adopt a cover, so they appear the be someone else. They dress, talk and act like the character they portray. They try to infiltrate, or join, the enemy organization so they can gather intelligence. They have to be very careful. Their life depends on not getting caught.
- Hidden Cameras
Spies often take pictures. Tiny cameras, hidden behind the button on a coat, could be used to take pictures of enemy agents, buildings or documents. Cameras have been hidden in briefcases, lipstick tubes and books.
Spies often hide their weapons in different ways. Explosive coal was used by the Germans during WW II. What looked like a large piece of coal was really hollow. Inside were explosives.
These pieces of coal were hidden in coal bins – when loaded into fires, they would explode.