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Klemens von Klemperer

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205517

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205517.001.0001

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The Vision and the Mirage

The Vision and the Mirage

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(p.315) 6 The Vision and the Mirage
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German Resistance against Hitler
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Klemens von Klemperer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205517.003.0007

While the operations of intelligence departments involve a great deal of both adventure and wit, and although these may be attributed to certain functions, such activity is likely to find itself diverted from the political purpose it supposedly serves. As such, this notion can evidently be applied to the intelligence services of the two parties involved during the Second World War. The chiefs of such services had reason to believe that they were one way or another involved in a certain ‘war behind the war’. This chapter observes how Sir Stewart Menzies, the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, General William J. Donovan, the American OSS’s director, and Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, or the chief of the Abwehr, were all involved in a relatively deadly venture in which they still treated each other with a certain degree of respect.

Keywords:   war behind the war, intelligence service, chiefs, Sir Stewart Menzies, British Secret Intelligence Service, General William J. Donovan, American OSS, Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, Abwehr

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