Monday, April 12, 2010





Louis Bloomfield: A very uncommon WWII soldier

Even if Montreal lawyer Louis Mortimer Bloomfield claimed in 1979 to have been confused with a "Major Blumenfield" of the CIA, and that he had no connection at all with intelligence, documents in the Bloomfield archives corroborate that his official biography, giving him as a simple major in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (RCASC), at the time of the Second World War, is hiding intelligence activities.

According to some sources, Louis Mortimer Bloomfield was an Office of Strategic Services (OSS) agent during WWII. Even if there is no solid evidence to this fact in the Canadian National archives, all the wartime letters and documents available shows that during this period, Bloomfield wasn’t a conventional RCASC Canadian Army Major.

First, while the RCASC was an army corps engaged on most of the battle fronts, particularly at Dieppe, in Hong Kong and in Sicily (see for more details), lawyer Bloomfield, during all the conflict, was active in his Montreal law office, representing international clients trying to escape from the Nazis to relocate in America. Those included customers such as King Carol from Romania, Oscar Federer, manager of a Czechoslovakian iron plant controlled by the Rothschild, and Paul-Louis Weiller, a French aviation pioneer and industrialist fleeing France. That wasn’t exactly the common assignments of a RCASC Major or of any Canadian Army officer.
The archives contain two interesting documents casting doubt on Bloomfield’s official biography. The first one, is an August 20, 1943 introduction letter written in Spanish by the General Consul of Mexico in Montreal and requesting from “All Civilian and Military Authorities of the Mexico Republic” their attention and help toward Senior Bloomfield.
This letter clearly proves that Major Bloomfield, in addition to doing business from his Montreal office, was also working in Mexico during WWII, a country that wasn’t a usual destination for our Canadian militaries during the war. One year before this letter, on August 19, 1942, more then nine hundreds Canadians soldiers lost their lives on the beaches of Dieppe. Then, one year later, on June 6, 1944, hundreds of Canadian militaries were again sacrificed on Normandy’s beaches. But Canadian militaries on Mexico beaches, that’s really something unheard of.

Another document show that Major Bloomfield wasn’t a usual soldier and that his rank in the army was most likely a complaisance title and covertures. This paper is a letter dated June 13, 1961, in which the Canadian Department of National Defence informs Louis Bloomfield of his retirement date that occurred in August 1946, fifteen years before.
It is doubtful that any conventional army officer wouldn’t know his retirement date from military career. For some soldiers, the date of such an important life change is more memorable then their wedding's date. Furthermore, that an attorney didn’t knew the date when he was personally relieved of such important legal obligations as those of a soldier toward his country, is also incredible. In all likelihood, Bloomfield had no relation with the regular army, and without commiting desertion, just walk out of it.  Fifteen years later, when he wanted to file his biography in Who's Who, he had to check with the Defence what was his official retirement date. 

Since Bloomfield’s name was never mentioned in any books about the Office of Strategic Services and neither found in any OSS’ archives, it is doubtful that he was an intelligence “agent”. But obviously, he was acting as an attorney for the OSS and was granted his complimentary rank of Major by the Canadian Department of National Defence in order to fulfill his assignments that required knowledge of top secret files.

For intance, in 1979, Bloomfield wrote to the National Archives a letter praising the historical importance of his archives. In one paragraph, he revealed his knowledge of secret details of a bombing operation against a military target.  He wrote: "There are also files dealing with Mr. Oscar Federer who was the Managing Director of the Witkowitze Steel Mill of Czechoslovakia (detailed information was furnished to the Allied Governments so that bombers could put the plant out of commission)". 

This letter show that Mr Bloomfield had knowledge of secret operations that he could only have because he was in the intelligence circles.

Mr Bloomfield finished this letter by writing: "I have other documents of great historical significance".
It is truly a shame that Library and Archives Canada opposes the divulgation of such documents after their donator clearly expressed his will to see them public twenty years after his death, a period that is expired since five years.  In view of the historical nature of the Bloomfield Archives, we have to wonder if LAC’s argument about the protection of lawyer-client privilege is sincere or is not only a false pretext.

(To be continued.)


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