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Spies in UniformBritish Military and Naval Intelligence on the Eve of the First World War$
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Matthew S. Seligmann

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261505

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261505.001.0001

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Court and Social: The Role of the Service Attaché

Court and Social: The Role of the Service Attaché

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(p.30) 1 Court and Social: The Role of the Service Attaché
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Spies in Uniform
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Matthew S. Seligmann (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261505.003.0002

This chapter examines the nature of the military and naval attaché's position and responsibilities. It focuses on the training and instruction they received before reaching their posts; the difficulties they faced as serving officers working temporarily under civilian control in the Berlin Embassy; the ceremonial role they undertook at the Kaiser's court; the important social duties they performed in the attempt to cultivate contacts in the leading circles of the German military; and, of course, their intelligence-gathering function. In addition, the chapter looks at the qualities and qualifications needed to act as a service attaché and considers the personalities and attainments of the officers appointed to these prestigious posts.

Keywords:   court, ceremonial role, social duties, Berlin Embassy

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