This is a 28 slide, highly animated, PowerPoint presentation on World War II - The Ritchie Boys; Secret heroes of WW II. The slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.
The story of the “Ritchie Boys” is the untold story of the men who were secretly trained for WWII intelligence work by the US Army. The men sent to Camp Ritchie for training all had one thing in common — they were proficient in foreign languages, especially the languages of the enemy. A high percentage of these men were Jews who had escaped from their countries of birth and immigrated to the US as refugees.
The Ritchie Boys were recruited by the U. S. Army to help defeat the Germans through interrogation of German prisoners, as interpreters, and by participating in psycho-logical warfare against German soldiers and civilians. They were young and considered the world’s most unlikely intelligence operatives, but they were committed to resist the Nazi’s in whatever way possible.
The “Ritchie Boys” became an important weapon for the Allies. Many of them entered Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Because of their special training, they were able to feed the Allies valuable information as D-Day unfolded. After D-Day the “Ritchie Boys” became a decisive force in the war. Nobody knew the enemy, his culture and his language better than they. Their mission: Gather information and break the enemy’s morale. Their impact was significant!
Only a few “Ritchie Boys” are still live. In the end, the “Ritchie Boys” quietly left the war behind them and went on to enjoy quite remarkable careers - in arts and politics, in business and academia.
Their effort shortened the war and saved many lives on both sides. However, the story of their heroism, their achievements and their long-term impact on military tactics remains forgotten. However, they never forgot the war—They just never spoke about it.
The presentation covers the following:
The Ritchie Boys
Arrival at Camp Ritchie
Curriculum: Eight Banfill Weeks
Training at Camp Ritchie
Man Mountain Dean
After Graduation: What Happens
What Did They do During the War? Interrogators
A Ritchie Boy talks about his work
The Ritchie Boys In Action
After VE Day
A Few Ritchie Boys (4)
10 Famous Ritchie Boys
The Ritchie Boys Today
A Decisive Force In WW II
Find Out More (3)
Quote from Robert F. Kennedy
This presentation represents a cooperative effort between myself and a family friend, KathrynLang-Slattery, author and family member of one of the Ritchie Boys.
I have included a section on how you might learn more about this amazing group of soldiers; including how to secure copies of Lang-Slattery's book, "The Immigrant Soldier"