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Class Year

2018

Abstract

Abstract: During the Second World War, Camp Ritchie, Maryland played an important role in the training of intelligence soldiers. This camp was one of the many that taught men the various ways to gather intelligence on a battlefield. From aerial photography to prisoner interrogations, soldiers learned the skills required to gather information, make sense of it, and propose plans based on what they knew about enemy troop positions and movements. These skills would be put to the test once the men graduated their six months of intensive training, and were sent abroad to assist in the war effort. Despite Camp Ritchie being an important aspect of the war effort, not much literature has been produced on the activities of the camp and its men during the war. This paper will serve to provide a look at the role this camp played during the Second World War by exploring the paths of three men who were trained at this camp: Karl Hornung, William H. Bilous, and Edmund Winslett.

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