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The Unseen War in Europe: Espionage and Conspiracy in the Second World War (autographed)

Waller, John H.

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ISBN 10: 0679448268 / ISBN 13: 9780679448266
Published by Random House, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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475 pages/illus, bibliography, index. Autographed. Including material from newly-released documents, this work examines the vital role played by espionage in the Allied success. It sheds new light on the role of Pope Pius XII as the contact point between the German Resistance and the British, and summarizes the principal events. Signed by author on title page. Clean. Bookseller Inventory # 008681

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Title: The Unseen War in Europe: Espionage and ...

Publisher: Random House, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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A deputy Middle East Theater Chief of OSS during World War II draws upon newly released documents and his own experience to offer new insights into the greatest conflict of the century. Waller tells how British Prime Minister Chamberlain mismanaged British intelligence which contributed to the debacle at Munich. and scores of other stories during the war.

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Outdoing the best spy fiction, former CIA inspector general Waller (Beyond the Khyber Pass, 1990, etc.) tells a series of riveting stories about the hidden war between the Germans and the Allies in WW II. From the beginning, the intelligence war was a central element of the conflict. Waller relates some well-known stories, like the breaking of the British naval fleet codes by the Germans, which contributed to the great success of the Nazi U-boat effort, and the similar breaking of the German Enigma enciphering machine by Allied intelligence, which allowed the British to anticipate German strategy on the continent. He also offers speculations on the intelligence background of WW II riddles like the Hess flight to Scotland and the assassination of Reinhold Heydrich, one of the most violent and ambitious members of Himmler's inner circle. However, Waller also travels some less familiar ground, particularly in his detailed profile of Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, the brilliant, enigmatic head of the Abwehr, the military intelligence unit of the German Ministry of War. Canaris despised Nazism, secretly assisted the Allied war effort, and ultimately participated in the doomed 1944 attempt to assassinate Hitler. Waller also describes Operation X, which used Pius XII, an old friend of Canaris's, to help relay messages from the German Resistance movement to British intelligence; the ``Venlo incident'' in 1939, which cost Britain virtually its entire intelligence network on the continent; Allen Dulles's secret work as a ``special representative'' of FDR in Switzerland; and the intelligence intrigues surrounding the implementation of Hitler's invasion of France and his plan to invade the Soviet Union. More than a deft account of some some intriguing spy stories, Waller's history reminds us how crucial intelligence operations were to the war in Europe and to the Allies' ultimate success. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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