During World War II, Noel Annan was privileged to witness at first hand the innermost workings of British intelligence in Bletchley park and elsewhere. Charged to second-guess German strategy from the gleanings of Ultra and the British spy networks in Europe, he was one of the "brains" behind British war planning. From Bomber Harris to Winston Churchill, to the great minds at Bletchley, he describes the people involved in this crucial work, leading eventually to the planning of Operation Overlord. After the war he was seconded to Germany to help oversee British interests, and his portrayal of Allied planning - and lack of it - and the immediate German renaissance through people like Adenauer, to whom he was particularly close, is of considerable importance to understanding Europe as it is today.
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Noel Annan was a young cadet in the British Intelligence Division known as M.I.14 responsible for monitoring German messages during World War II. His work put him in close proximity to leading figures in the British military as well as such secret resources as the British decoder called "Ultra." From this prime perch Annan witnessed the operations of England's war effort. After Germany's surrender, he was assigned to an administrative position in conquered Germany. He records the varied notions of reeducation that Allied officers designed for the defeated enemy, everything from philosophical debate to alter the German's conception of a good life to the organized dilution of German blood through orchestrated intermarriage. Working from his personal recollections, supplemented with thorough historical research, Lord Annan writes in the impassioned voice of an eyewitness to these historic events, and his memoir beats with the lively pulse inspired by the effort to defeat the Nazis.From the Back Cover:
In January 1941, Noel Annan was assigned to Military Intelligence in Whitehall, where he was to be involved for the next four years, at the center of Britain's secret war planning, in the crucial work of interpreting information supplied by a network of agents throughout occupied Europe. When the war in Europe ended, Annan was seconded to the British Zone in defeated Germany to help rebuild its ruined cities. Annan got to know the new generation of German politicians who were to bring about the economic miracle that led from the ashes of defeat to Germany's renaissance as the most powerful nation in Europe. When the future chancellor Konrad Adenauer was placed under house arrest and banned from taking part in politics, Annan helped to get him released. Annan's riveting account of this pivotal period of European history is both fascinating in itself and of considerable importance to our understanding of Europe today.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0002556294
Book Description Harpercollins, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002556294
Book Description Harpercollins. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0002556294 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1884929