Juan Pujol Garcia was born in Barcelona, Spain back in 1912 to Joan and Mercedes. He was sent to the Validemia boarding school twenty miles from Barcelona. After seven years at school he quit. He had several jobs prior to the Spanish Civil War. His father died in 193 and he served six months of compulsory military service in the cavalry unit.
After his military service, he managed a poultry farm. During 1939, he opposed the Franco regime so he volunteered to help the British by being a double-agent. The British then decided to use him. He obtained a fake Spanish diplomatic passport by fooling a printer that he worked for the Spanish embassy in Lisbon. In 1942, he was moved to Britain and given the code name “Bovril”. He operated as a double-agent under the watchful eye of MI5. He was so god the Germans provided him the encryption code used by the Germans, which he turned over to Bletchley Park.
What you may not know about Juan is that his final code name was “Garbo”, for those of you who know about the history of WWII, he was one of the most effective double-agents in British history.
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