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Intelligence Images from the Eastern Front (ePub)

Aviation Military Photographic eBooks

By Roy M Stanley
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 97.3 MB (.epub)
Pages: 349
Illustrations: 400
ISBN: 9781473883512
Published: 7th December 2016


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Despite the Luftwaffe being ordered to destroy millions of aerial photos in 1945, the Allies found no less than twenty tons of photos in eleven locations, including a hoard in a Bavarian barn.  These together with vast numbers of photographs taken by German soldiers used for Intelligence analysis were put into classified Allied Intelligence files at a time when USAAF and RAF imagery was being destroyed. Covering Iron Curtain countries they were valuable for cartography and target intelligence during the Cold War.

The captured German imagery (called GX) in this book show what the German Army knew about the Soviet Union before and during Operation Barbarossa.  Examples show Eastern Front landforms, key cities such as Stalingrad, Moscow, Sevastopol, Leningrad and factories. They are accompanied by helpful comments from a skilled photo interpreter.

This unique and diverse collection, some taken from 28,000 feet overhead, others taken by soldiers on the ground, reveal the war on the Eastern Front as it has never been seen before.

An interesting book from a different perspective.

The Air-Britain Military Aviation Historical Quarterly

Using this amazing historical treasure trove, the author tells the story of the German invasion of Russia, Operation Barbarrossa, using the German's own photographic records. The story is split into chapters covering Preparing for Invasion: Invasion 1941: Northern Seas: Swarzmeer (the Black Sea):1942: Stalingrad: and 1943 and On. The detail available though the aerial imagery, often highlighted and explained in the captions, showing things like naval ships and facilities in various ports, airfields, oil production fields, factories and major cities, Stalingrad being one of particular interest. These are mixed with photos on the ground, those taken from POWs, and mixed together to help provide a fascinating view of the history of the huge battles that took place over the vast expanses of the Eastern Front in WW2. The greatest value of course is that these were taken while the events were happening on the ground.
Add the photos and the story they tell to the background on both how the Germans used their photo reconnaissance, how their PIs worked and then how the post-war US intelligence and record keepers dealt with the windfall of information they discovered. ALso how they were saved. As the author explains, this only scratches the surface of the whole collection, but still a marvellous indication of what a valuable resource is now held in the NARA records.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

The author had a distinguished career in aerial
photographic Interpretation and this is his seventh book, drawing from that considerable experience. The author has based his lavishly illustrated work on captured German war photographs showing what they knew about Russian strength and activity on the Eastern Front. Highly Recommended

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About Roy M Stanley

Colonel Roy M. Stanley II, USAF (retired), became an Aerial Photo Interpreter in 1959 and went on to assignments with the Defence Intelligence Agency, the Air Staff and in Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. Now retired after 27 years’ service he lives near Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has written seven books.

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