WWII documents which recently surfaced revealed that MI5 feared the crop circles were the works of the Nazis and tried for years deciphering them. They were concerned that the enemy was using these mysterious crop circles – which they referred to as the “suspicious cornfield codes” – as guides for the Nazi bombers and believed that Nazi sympathizers in Britain were the ones who were making them.
When we talk about crop circles an unidentified flying objects or lights in the sky, we think about extraterrestrial beings. Turned out, the MI5 also investigated them decades ago but on more grounded grounds — they believed they were the works of the enemy, the Nazis.
WWII files found in the National Archives revealed how British spies set to find out if Nazi sympathizers were behind the mysterious markings found in crop fields and if they were secret markings for the enemies to pinpoint where to drop their bombs.
Among the suspected crop circles during the Second World War was the one found in a cornfield shaped like a letter “G”. The tail of the said mark was said to have pointed to a munitions factory that was in Glascoed, Monmouthshire.
Other crop circles under suspicion during those times were the ones found in a field located nearby Newquay, Cornwall as well as a white circle with the word “Marden” etched inside in a field which was near Staplehurst, Kent. There were also agents who had the responsibility of investigating reports about strange lights in the sky.
A Ring of Truth
Beyond the mystery factor of these crop circles, the British Secret Service had a valid ground for looking into these seemingly weird things, after all.
Prior to making the investigations, they had learned that cornfields in Holland, Poland, Belgium and France had been cut into marks which served as guides for aircraft. The ones who made these marks were spies and the Luftwaffe used them to pinpoint their targets.
Because of the MI5’s fears that a Fifth Column – a group of Nazi supporters – was indeed working within Britain, they assigned agents to look into suspected enemy activities no matter how queer they seem and these included the crop circles and the baffling lights in the sky.
The G Shape
Among the crop circles investigated by the British Secret Service during WWII was the “G” shaped marking found in a field in Little Mill, Monmouthshire.
According to reports, a RAF pilot spotted it while on surveillance with the strict instructions to “look for anything suspicious”. The said crop mark was described as 33 yards long, made up of “sown barley seeds transversely through the grain crops” and was shaped like a small “G” with the tail pointing coincidentally towards a munitions factory in nearby Glascoed.
The reports went on to say that when the RAF saw it, he thought it was the work of a Nazi spy and the farmer who admitted to doing the marking was surrounded by MI5 agents.
However, there was an innocent explanation to the mark, one of the crop circles investigated during the WWII.
According to the farmer, he had sown the barley seeds just for the purpose of getting rid of it. In his account, he said that he had sold his farm and wanted to return a drilling seed equipment he had borrowed. AS it was easier to sow the barley seeds left inside the said equipment than remove them, he did the former. The forming of the “G” shape was jut coincidental.
The marking in the Newquay field, one of the crop circles under probe, also turned out negative. It was made by heaps of lime which were used for agricultural purposes. Meanwhile, the “Marden” marking left on a field in Staplehurst was a “left behind” sign from its days being an emergency landing ground for the Imperial Airways.
As Dr David Clarke, Sheffield Hallam University’s senior lecturer on journalism who studied the files for his book Britain’s X-traordinary Files, pointed out, there were a number of things in the files that if viewed today would fit into suspected “alien activities” like mysterious lights in the sky and the crop circles.
However, during the 1940s, people weren’t hung up on UFOs and such but were more concerned about the war and the Nazis.