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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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Men and Machines: Service Attachés as Procurers of Information on Personnel and Materiel

Men and Machines: Service Attachés as Procurers of Information on Personnel and Materiel

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(p.117) 3 Men and Machines: Service Attachés as Procurers of Information on Personnel and Materiel
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261505.003.0004

This chapter examines the intelligence information supplied by the service attachés on technical military and naval matters. It demonstrates that a great deal of useful and accurate information was supplied on topics as diverse as motor vehicles, aircraft, airships, submarines and destroyers. In the process, the authorities in London were alerted to the excellent work on aviation being carried out in Germany by both Count Zeppelin and Anton Fokker; they were also informed about the early attempts to mechanize aspects of the German army's supply chain; and they were given advanced warning about the threat posed by German submarines (U-boats) to naval surface vessels. In addition, the attachés sent back numerous reports about the excellence of German military and naval personnel and about the qualities of the officers and commanders.

Keywords:   aviation, airships, Fokker, Zeppelin, submarines, U-boats, destroyers, mechanization, German army, German navy

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