Stalin's Secret War

Stalin's Secret War

Soviet Counterintelligence Against the Nazis, 1941-1945

Book - 2004
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The Soviet-German War of 1941-1945 was the most extensive intelligence/counterintelligence war in modern history, involving the capture, torture, deportation, execution and doubling of tens of thousands of agents - most of them Soviet citizens. While Russian armies fought furiously to defeat the Wehrmacht, Stalin's security services waged an equally ruthless secret war against Hitler's secret spies, as well as against the Soviet population. and Russian sources, including a top-secret Soviet history of its intelligence and security services, to reveal the magnitude and scope of the brutal but sophisticated Soviet counterintelligence war against Nazi Germany. Soviets neutralized the majority of the more than 40,000 German agents deployed against them. As Stephan shows, their combination of Soviet military deception operations and State Security's defeat of the Abwehr's human intelligence effort had devastating consequences for the German army in every battle against the Red Army, including Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk, the Byelorussian offensive and the Vistula-Oder operation. major intelligence services including those of its allies, terrorize its own citizens to prevent spying, desertion and real or perceived opposition to the regime and run millions of informants, making the USSR a vast prison covering one sixth of the world's surface. including the major Soviet radio games used to mislead the Germans - Operations Monastery, Berezino and those that defeated Himmler's Operation Zeppelin. He also gives a comprehensive account of the Abwehr's infamous agent Max, whose organization allegedly ran an entire network of agents inside the USSR, and reveals the reasons for Germany's catastrophic underestimation of Soviet forces by more than one million men during their 1944 summer offensive in Byelorussia.
Publisher: Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2004
ISBN: 9780700612796
0700612793
Branch Call Number: 940.54864 STEPHAN
Characteristics: xiv, 349 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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SEBoiko
May 14, 2016

Good counterintelligence becomes a force multiplier when used as a strategic weapon, but by itself it does not win wars. The absence of it, however, can lose them.

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SEBoiko
May 14, 2016

The Soviets always had an appreciation of the necessity for strategic intelligence. The Nazis did not.

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SEBoiko
May 14, 2016

Stalin's security services waged a two-front war: one against the Germans and one against Soviet citizens.

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May 14, 2016

It is not enough to kill Russians, you have to knock them down.

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May 14, 2016

The German armed forces never recovered from their mistakes in the early stages of the war against the USSR,...

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