Camp X

Camp X

Following training, North American spies were sent around the world to take on enemies from Germany and Japan in a deadly chess game of move and counter move that lasted the entire war. Told through the incredible stories of these real-life James Bonds, this film traces the evolution of espionage in North America, and explains how the men and women who were the world's first modern spies were vital in helping the Allies to victory... Starting at the opening of Camp X, it uses first hand accounts from WW2 spies to explore all the key skills required to conduct WW2 espionage, including demolitions, codes and ciphers, cover stories and close combat, all of which are intimately detailed in the Camp X training manual. It then ends with the dramatic key role that Camp X played in helping to reveal the threat posed by the Soviets in the earliest days of the Cold War, and the revelation that one of the writers of the manual was secretly a Soviet mole, who would later become one of the most infamous defectors in history - Kim Philby.
June 15, 2020 9:00 pm on IOWAPBS | Episode #102 | 45 minutes

Camp X

Series Overview

The story of North America's first secret agent training school, the role it played in defeating the Axis during World War Two, and in the world of modern espionage - investigated through the first archaeological dig of the site; demonstrations of its training techniques; first person accounts of those who trained; and dramatic recreation of their exploits behind enemy lines. Dubbed the school of 'mayhem and murder', Camp X and the schools it spawned, trained over 25,000 secret agents during the war. The investigation uncovers the camp's secret agent training manual and the role it played in forging the world of espionage, including the foundation of the CIA. Ian Fleming claimed to have trained there and the notorious Soviet mole, Kim Philby, wrote its secret training manual.