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Harry Jacobs graduated from Georgetown University and American University in Washington. During WWII he served in the military intelligence of the U.S. Army. He was trained in the Army Intelligence Training Centre in Camp Ritchie in Maryland and in the British Order of Battle School in London. During his service he was decorated with five Battle Stars, the Bronze Star for Heroism, and the French war cross Croix de Guerre. In April 2001 he published the article Operation Strakonice: In Pursuit of the Soviet Order of Battle in The Journal of Military History, which describes a special mission that he took part in at the very end of the war in Czechoslovakia. On May 11, 1945 he received an order to cross the demarcation line and to get hold of the archive of the German army which was somewhere between Strakonice and Prague. The archive contained German information about the Red Army on the eastern front. With his friends from the special unit he really managed to obtain the archive and transport it back to the American sector. The information on the Soviet army contained in the archive was a precious catch which was important for the upcoming Cold War. In 2008 Harry Jacobs published a novel based on his war experience from the intelligence service titled The Pentagon Brank. Adam Hradílek depicted his adventurous mission in the article From the Utah Beach to Strakonice (in Pamět a dějiny, 04/2011). Harry Jacobs lives in a suburb of Washington, D.C.