The author has provided a rounded review of German intelligence under the Nazis. There has been a lack of books reviewing the German intelligence operations in a comprehensive study and this book is all the more welcome for that.
This larger format book contains many very good photographs through the body of the book. It is a fascinating read and covers the German intelligence agencies, their relationships and their performance.
NAME: Spying for the Fuhrer, Hitler's Espionage Machine CATEGORY: Book Reviews DATE: 290414 FILE: R1968 AUTHOR: Christer Jorgensen PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 224 PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Espionage, Counter Espionage, SIS, SOE, SD, Abwehr, Second World War, WWII, World War Two, 1939-1945, 1933-1939 ISBN: 978-1-4738-2306-8 IMAGE: B1968.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/payoehn LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This larger format book contains many very good photographs through the body of the book. It is a fascinating read and covers the German intelligence agencies, their relationships and their performance. Germany did not have more intelligence services than many other countries and although Hitler was very happy to pit his subordinates against each other, the general relationship was not any more acrimonious than in other countries. Britain primarily employed an internal counter-intelligence service and an external intelligence service, but also had a variety of other agencies that held some intelligence responsibilities. These agencies were known to be in conflict from time to time and WWII was to see something of an explosion of intelligence services, private armies, covert operations and specialist units. These frequently came into conflict with each other and there was a general lack of communication between many of them, resulting in much overlap. The German services should therefore be seen in that light. One surprising aspect of German intelligence and special forces was their relative lack of success. The British managed to fool them on several occasions by misdirection and the planting of information where the Germans accepted bodies with secret documents that conveniently turned up on shores friendly to the Germans. This may have been partly a result of the effectiveness of British counter-intelligence it detecting, blocking and turning German agents inside the British Isles. Denied a source of reliable information from Britain, the Germans did not have very much to compare other intelligence against when it was acquired elsewhere. The Abwehr under Admiral Canaris led a very independent line of activity, refusing to undertake some activities that were demanded by Hitler. The SS set up its own intelligence service, the SD, which took on activities such as the attempts to support the German fiction that the invasion of Poland being self-defence. Within the SS covert activities there were successes, such as the rescue of Mussolini from prison. The full story of the Abwehr may never be told. Canaris was implicated in attempted assassinations of Hitler and was eventually executed in the closing days of the war. Some have suggested that Canaris had been an active agent of British intelligence and there were many events that could support the theory. Certainly, Canaris was not a supporter of the Nazis and, like other German military figures, often gave the coolest support for many of Hitler's actions. The mystery is how he got away with his general performance when Himmler strongly disliked him and resented the competition between the Abwehr and the SD. There is also suspicion that the Abwehr gave away some of its agents to the British. The author has provided a rounded review of German intelligence under the Nazis. There has been a lack of books reviewing the German intelligence operations in a comprehensive study and this book is all the more welcome for that.