Hitler's Spy Chief: The Wilhelm Canaris Mystery

Paperback | April 12, 2011

byRichard Bassett

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Wilhelm Canaris was appointed by Hitler to head the Abwehr (the German secret service) 18 months after the Nazis came to power. But Canaris turned against the Fuhrer and the Nazi regime, believing that Hitler would start a war Germany could not win. In 1938 he was involved in an attempted coup, undermined by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. In 1940 he sabotaged the German plan to invade England, and fed General Franco vital information that helped him keep Spain out of the war. For years he played a dangerous double game, desperately trying to keep one step ahead of the Gestapo. The SS chief, Heinrich Himmler, became suspicious of the Abwehr and by 1944, when Abwehr personnel were involved in the attempted assassination of Hitler, he had the evidence to arrest Canaris himself. Canaris was executed a few weeks before the end of the war.

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Wilhelm Canaris was appointed by Hitler to head the Abwehr (the German secret service) 18 months after the Nazis came to power. But Canaris turned against the Fuhrer and the Nazi regime, believing that Hitler would start a war Germany could not win. In 1938 he was involved in an attempted coup, undermined by British Prime Minister Nevi...

Richard Bassett has worked in the City, advising several of Europe's largest companies. Before that he worked in Central Europe for many years, first as a professional horn player and then as a staff correspondent of the London TIMES in Vienna, Rome and Warsaw, where his dispatches covered the end of the Cold War and gave early warning...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:April 12, 2011Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0304367184

ISBN - 13:9780304367184

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This book describes, in fascinating detail, the shady and complex workings of the international intelligence world, and the amazing ways in which Canaris tried to subvert Hitler, while apparently serving his loyally.