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edwest2 2nd March 2019 21:01

Görings NSA: Das »Forschungsamt« im Dritten Reich. Die unbekannte Geschichte des größten Geheimdienstes der Nazis
 
https://www.amazon.de/G%C3%B6rings-N.../dp/3957681944

I found the following to be a bit surprising.
"It was the largest intelligence service of the Nazis. Although the "Ministry of Research" of the Ministry of Aviation - as the name implied - was run by Hermann Goering as a private service, it resided in the middle of Berlin, and it was unknown not only to the German population but also to the Allies. Göring's listener, supported by the German Reichspost, did an excellent job. In peace and war they read hostile radio communications and listened to foreign governments and diplomats as well as German Nazi opponents. Even US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill were intercepted.

"In total, at least half a million conversations were overheard and partially recorded - at a time when there were far fewer phone lines than today and the people to be monitored were deliberately chosen, a tremendous number. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and constantly competing with comparable other Nazi institutions, Adolf Hitler provided important foreign policy information, which he specifically used. For Hermann Göring, it was a very important instrument, much underrated today, for expanding his personal power. Although the once huge files were destroyed in the last months of World War II, the book provides an exciting and enlightening insight into the history of the Research Office."

Larry deZeng 3rd March 2019 15:29

Re: Görings NSA: Das »Forschungsamt« im Dritten Reich. Die unbekannte Geschichte des größten Geheimdienstes der Nazis
 
Hi Ed,

This old standard has a chapter on Göring's Forschungsamt (Research Office) and, IIRC, it worked closely with the Abwehr and did a lot of cryptanalytic work on Allied hand- and machine ciphers. But they had little or nothing to do with military intelligence as we think of it.


Kahn, David. Hitler’s Spies: German Military Intelligence in World War II. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1978. ISBN: 0-02-560610-7. Hb. Dj. 671p. Illus. Footnotes. Bibliography. Index.

L.

edwest2 3rd March 2019 21:13

Re: Görings NSA: Das »Forschungsamt« im Dritten Reich. Die unbekannte Geschichte des größten Geheimdienstes der Nazis
 
Hi Larry,


Thank you for that. My interest is in military intelligence gathering equipment. I will withhold further comment until I get this book. This also includes cryptographic methods and related devices. Documents continue to be declassified in the US.


Best,
Ed

Larry deZeng 4th March 2019 00:50

Re: Görings NSA: Das »Forschungsamt« im Dritten Reich. Die unbekannte Geschichte des größten Geheimdienstes der Nazis
 
Indeed, I know of what you speak, Ed. Coincidence. If the names KW 7, KW 9 and KW 26 ring any bells, you'll know what I mean. NSA's declassified dumps into RG 457 have been and are pots of gold at the end of a rainbow for those interested.

L.
An old 722.7 (1960-68)


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