Burn after reading : the espionage history of World War II by Ladislas Farago

By Ladislas Farago

Fought below the canopy of complex deceptions and ruthless lies, the lethal intelligence operations of worldwide battle II produced victories and defeats that have been usually as vital as any reached at the battlefield. A behind-the-scenes heritage of the struggle, this ebook deals an exhilarating photograph of the entire diversity of clandestine actions, a few of the sorts of intelligence, espionage and sabotage, subversion and Read more...

summary: Fought less than the canopy of problematic deceptions and ruthless lies, the lethal intelligence operations of global warfare II produced victories and defeats that have been usually as vital as any reached at the battlefield. A behind-the-scenes historical past of the struggle, this publication bargains a thrilling photo of the entire diversity of clandestine actions, many of the kinds of intelligence, espionage and sabotage, subversion and counter-espionage--the whole mystery battle performed except traditional struggle. the foremost exploits of the O.S.S., M.I.5, Abwehr, and the Deuxieme Bureau are defined in colourful aspect b

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Its furnishings had no style or taste. On his desk stood a little piece of bric-a-brac which Canaris had chosen as the symbol of the Abwehr: the familiar little statue of three monkeys who hear, see and speak no evil. One wall was covered with a big map of the world. On the other walls hung three pictures: an autographed photograph of Generalissimo Franco (reflecting his consuming love of Spain, his adopted country, whose civil war in 1937 he helped to ignite) ; a Japanese painting of the devil; and a picture of his favorite dachshund, Seppl.

Hanging may be, as Wotton remarked, the worst use a man can be put to, but it seems reasonable that he deserved his savage death. But on September 1, 1939, he was still years from this mildly elevated terminal point of his career. In fact, he was at the pinnacle of his power and fame—because, strangely enough for a man of mystery, Canaris was internationally famous. The Abwehr was Hitler’s greatest prop and Canaris was one of his most valuable accomplices. In a semi-official history of the Abwehr, Paul Leverkuehn, a Hamburg lawyer who served as an intelligence officer throughout the war, wrote of Canaris: “He was more than the titular head of the Abwehr.

It was a cloistered, professorial organization whose distance from the realities of the day was somehow symbolized by its location. It was housed at La Ferète-sous-Jouarre, well away from the hustle and bustle of Paris and also physically separated from the Fifth Section. Despite its gray pre-eminence, Army Intelligence suffered from various fatal handicaps. For one thing, it was headed by officers of relatively low rank. In 1939, its chief was Gauche, a colonel. Head of the Second Bureau was Baril, a major.

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