Espionage in WWI

First Hot Log December Unknown2017: If there is one thing that can be said bout every war, it is that espionage will always be used in a strategic manner in order to gain an advantage on the opponent. Espionage is the practice of spying or of using spies, mostly by governments in an effort to obtain political and military information. I am very interested in learning more about what role espionage took in WWI, and what impact Suffield may have had on espionage during this time. Espionage tactics in WWI took place in the form of eavesdropping, cryptography, and sabotage of enemy infantry. The Secret Service was the main intelligence agency for the United States during WWI, so it would be very fascinating to find out if any citizens from Suffield who were in the Secret Service during this time.

Espionage has always been a fascinating topic to me and that originates from the very first time that I researched my family history. My father and I found out that my seventh great grandfather, John Honeyman, was a spy for George Washington during the American Revolution. Honeyman first met Washington at a Continental Congress meeting, then again in the Continental Army. At these moments in time Honeyman and Washington’s friendship sparked into a bond of loyalty and trust, and this led Washington to be certain that Honeyman was the absolute best choice to help him cross the Delaware River. The way Honeyman spied was quite unique as he spied while being held as a prisoner to the British and studied camps in the town of Trenton. On December 22nd, 1776 Honeyman was captured by Americans to “talk” to Washington. When Honeyman returned, he told the British of his prisoner adventures and assured them no attack was imminent. This, obviously not being true, led Washington to attack the Hessians by complete surprise. From this, the Battle of Trenton was won by the American colonies and introduced a spark of hope in our darkest hour.



7 thoughts on “Espionage in WWI

  1. burch2016

    I think that adding a little bit more about Suffield espionage would have been good. I am curious how you know so much about your family tree as I know who was in my family but not necessarily what they did.


  2. okinne88

    I think your post was intriguing and an attention grabber. I really find the story you presented about your connection to espionage by your relative being a spy. A possible addition could be peoples thoughts on spies in WWI. Overall this post is very interesting and with the addition of another point of view, could make it even better. I also found your propaganda picture to be a good visual of what these spies were doing.


    1. dylanchase62400

      The media provided a nice background to this piece. The first thing the eye finds is the picture which is excellent. Similar to Chase’s post I think the other side to this topic would better this post. With that said you’re on to something here.


  3. sedleyb1617

    In this post, I think that you provided good background information on espionage such as giving the definition. I think that adding examples in WWI such as Owen said describing people’s thoughts on it would be helpful. The example of your family history was a good connection and a good way to end your post.


  4. Chase M

    I think this is a great topic and find it interesting that the Secret Service was in charge of finding spies during WWI. I think if you could somehow connect the spies to Suffield either through spying cases around Suffield or Secret Service members from Suffield, then your topic could be pushed to another level.


  5. bensylvester8

    The picture chosen is very interesting and is something that obviously played a big role in the war. I think this post is fantastic, and this can turn into an excellent essay. The one thing I suggest is how espionage effected the war.



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