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Fighting to Lose. How the German Secret Intelligence Service Helped the Allies Win the Second World War

John Bryden
John Bryden
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This is a very intriguing, thought provoking book on the Second World War. Its premise is that the Abwehr, that is, the German Secret Intelligence Service, and particularly, its leader, Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, fought a secret campaign to prevent Britain from certain defeat in 1940/1941. The book begins strong by laying out the thesis and creating a foundation to build upon. The author uses the post-war interrogation of surviving senior intelligence officers to paint the picture of Canaris as an avid opponent to Hitler and his Nazi party.

Part I of the book is absorbing. It describes the ongoing battle of espionage between the great powers in the years prior to the start of the war. Importantly, it highlights the fact that the Abwehr was, by 1939, the most advanced and effective secret intelligence service operating, and that the British MI5 was arguably one of the most inept, which was in complete contrast to what the author indicates was the contemporary depiction of MI5 at the time as being highly effective. Bryden also lays out the opposition to Hitler and the attempts made by Canaris and his fellow conspirators to undermine and overthrow der Führer in the lead-up to the war, all, of course, failures, as history has shown.

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Fighting to Lose. How the German Secret Intelligence Service Helped the Allies Win the Second World War

Date Deposited : 08 Apr 2015 12:00

Last Modified : 08 Apr 2015 12:00

Official URL: http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/arc/index-eng.asp

Volume 15, Number 1, - 2015

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