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Secret Service Against the Nazi Regime (Hardback)

How Our Spies Dealt with Hitler

Military WWII > Espionage & the SOE WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich

By Edward Harrison
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781399007276
Published: 17th March 2022



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An edited collection of peer-reviewed articles using newly-released sources - British, German and Italian - integrated to form a fascinating narrative of the intelligence-led fight of the British Secret Service in the existential struggle with Nazi Germany. The main sections are: British Secret Warfare and the Nazi Challenge; Counter-Intelligence Against Axis Spies; and Hugh Trevor-Roper and Secret Service. An inside and authentic story with original and little-known but vital themes including the British Military Mission to Poland, the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Poland, British subversion in French East Africa, 'on secret service for the Duce', British Radio Intelligence, and J C Masterman and the Security Service. This is a uniquely human story of survival with all the drama of power struggles, personality clashes, errors, heroism, human intelligence.

"Dr. Harrison has provided us with one of the most uniquely human books, albeit half a
dozen contributing treatises of survival with all the drama of power struggles, personality
clashes, errors, heroism, human intelligence in the chronological history of published reads
about human conflict"


This is an excellent book that looks at the secret service operations and plans to try and hinder the Nazi regime around Europe and Northern Africa. It’s a fascinating collection of works that really draws the reader into various worlds of danger, extremism and bravery. The members of the secret services had to show great bravery and skill as the possible end result would have been certain death. To think many of these agents were having to work secret so if anything went wrong, then everything would have been denied.

I really enjoyed this book, an ideal read for those that write about spy dramas and espionage as this book shows exactly how it would have been. A book that they say would be hard to put down. Well written and captivated the reader. Pen & Sword have really got me into this spy world and espionage, with great books about some great intelligence agencies.

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A new and interesting piece of the historical puzzle which was World War Two and a must-read for those interested in how politics at all levels influence common sense and outcomes. It was interesting to see the common threads across different perspectives and consider the role espionage played in defeating Nazism.

NetGalley, Louise Gray

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Hard hitting book, well written.
Definitely must read book, honours the brave people who worked hard to ride world of nazis and the risks they took.

NetGalley, Karen Bull

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About Edward Harrison

Edward Harrison specialises in espionage history and Nazi Germany. After Christ Church Oxford, where he obtained first class honours in history, he did postgraduate research at Munich University and as Laming Junior Fellow at The Queen's College, Oxford. He worked in Germany and taught history in universities in the US and UK. He was Visiting Professor at Detroit State University and held a Visiting Fellowship at St Antony's College, Oxford, and a Rothschild Fellowship in History from the Churchill Trust. His media experience include German TV on Trevor Roper's famous enquiry into Hitler's death. His linguistic skills equip him for extensive research and comprise German, Latin, Greek, French, Italian, Polish, Russian and Japanese. He is the author of The Young Kim Philby (2012) and editor of HughTrevor-Roper's posthumous book The Secret World (2020).

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