British Intelligence And Hitler's Empire In The Soviet Union, 1941-1945 by Ben WheatleyBritish Intelligence And Hitler's Empire In The Soviet Union, 1941-1945 by Ben Wheatley

British Intelligence And Hitler's Empire In The Soviet Union, 1941-1945

byBen Wheatley

Hardcover | January 26, 2017

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This is the first detailed study of Britain's open source intelligence (OSINT) operations during the Second World War, showing how accurate and influential OSINT could be and ultimately how those who analysed this intelligence would shape British post-war policy towards the Soviet Union. Following the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, the enemy and neutral press covering the German occupation of the Baltic states offered the British government a vital stream of OSINT covering the entire German East. OSINT was the only form of intelligence available to the British from the Nazi-occupied Soviet Union, due to the Foreign Office suspension of all covert intelligence gathering inside the Soviet Union. The risk of jeopardising the fragile Anglo-Soviet alliance was considered too great to continue covert intelligence operations. In this book, Wheatley primarily examines OSINT acquired by the Stockholm Press Reading Bureau (SPRB) in Sweden and analysed and despatched to the British government by the Foreign Research and Press Service (FRPS) Baltic States Section and its successor, the Foreign Office Research Department (FORD). Shedding light on a neglected area of Second World War intelligence and employing useful case studies of the FRPS/FORD Baltic States Section's Intelligence, British Intelligence and Hitler's Empire in the Soviet Union, 1941-1945 makes a new and important argument which will be of great value to students and scholars of British intelligence history and the Second World War.
Ben Wheatley is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of East Anglia, UK.
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Title:British Intelligence And Hitler's Empire In The Soviet Union, 1941-1945Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:January 26, 2017Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction Prologue: British Pre-War Policy towards the Soviet Union and the Baltic States, 1917 - 1941 PART I: The Restricted Services, British Covert Intelligence and Subterfuge in the Baltic States 1. SIS, SOE and the NKVD PART II: The Central Role of British Open Source Intelligence in the Ostland 2. The Importance of the Foreign Press to British Intelligence 1938 - 1941 3. The Stockholm Press Reading Bureau 4. The Foreign Research and Press Service Baltic States Section 1941 - 1942 5. The Foreign Office Research Department Baltic States Section 1943 - 1944 PART III: Case Studies of the FRPS/FORD Baltic States Section's Intelligence Introduction to the Case Studies 6. Economic Conditions in the Ostland 7. German Population Policy in the Ostland Part IV: Post-hostilities Planning 8. The Foreign Office Research Department and Post-hostilities Planning Conclusion Endnotes Bibliography Index

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This is an important study that examines a largely-ignored but significant piece of Second World War history. Ben Wheatley points out that intelligence gathering consists of far more than glamorous femme fatale spies and surreptitious document drops in parks, but is fundamentally the meticulous gathering of information from a wide range of sources. The importance of open source intelligence (OSINT) has often been neglected by scholars because it rarely fits the glamorous image of intelligence work made famous in novels and popular media, but as Wheatley observes it played a key role in understanding the German occupation of the Soviet Union and provided information that could not otherwise have been obtained for a variety of reasons. This is a work that deserves to be read by anyone interested in the intelligence battles that took place behind closed doors during the Second World War and the British struggle to gather reliable information under some of the most difficult political circumstances imaginable.