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Altamont Lamina (February 6, 1895 - September 12, 1950) was a British/American spy during World Wars One and Two. During the wars he was often known and feared as "The Silent Blade".
Early Life and Family[edit | edit source]
Altamont William Lamina was born in London, England on February 6, 1895. Lamina is the great grandson of Sebastian Lamina (c. 1755-1810; born Sebastian Westorf). Sebastian Lamina, in 1770, moved to New York with his family. During the American Revolution, Sebastian worked as an American spy. After the war, he moved back to Britain. He changed his name from Westorf to Lamina, which is Latin for "the blade".
Most of Altamont's early life is unknown, but it is generally assumed he had been an exceptional student. Lamina became interested in the life of his great-grandfather, Sebastian, and, in 1916, entered into the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).
World War I[edit | edit source]
He was 21 years old when he entered the SIS, and was assigned to spy on German and Austro-Hungarian dealings during World War I. He was given this task at such a young age because he showed above-average skills in sneaking, spying, and assassinating than most others. He would often tinker and build his own weapons. During the war, he had been on an estimated 20 missions and had not failed any. In 1921, Lamina went into hiding for unknown reasons until 1940.
World War II[edit | edit source]
In 1940 Lamina resurfaced in Manhattan, New York. Once the United States entered World War after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Lamina entered into the OSS by recommendation from the British government. He attempted to infiltrate Abwehr, and was able to retrieve information on the German development of the Atomic bomb.
Death[edit | edit source]
On September 12, 1950, Altamont Lamina died under unknown circumstances at age 55.