The World at War


Richard Sorge

Richard Sorge was born October 4th, 1895 in Azerbaijan, Russia.

After service in the German Army during World War I, Sorge earned a doctorate in political science. During his student years he became a member of the communist party. In 1924 he went to Moscow and five years later he was sent to China by the Comintern to organize a spy ring. Sorge was an able journalist and used this position as cover for his espionage activities. He built a reputation as a loyal German and joined the Nazi Party in 1933. The comintern then sent him to Japan where he joined the staff of German ambassador Eugen Ott.

On may 12th, 1941 Sorge reported to Moscow that 170 German divisions would attack along the Soviet frontier on June 20 with Moscow as the main target. The attack came on June 22nd. In August of 1941 he reported to moscow that the Japanese would strike south against Pacific targets rather than against the USSR. This enabled Stalin to transfer large numbers of Siberian troops for service in the west against the Germans.

On October 18, 1941, Sorge was arrested by the Japanese security police and eventually was executed on November 7th, 1944.

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