Fighting the Nazis: French Intelligence and Counterintelligence 1935-1945

Fighting the Nazis: French Intelligence and Counterintelligence 1935-1945

by Colonel Paul Paillole
     
 

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Few careers can match that of Colonel Paul Paillole of the French intelligence service. He joined the Service de Renseignement in Paris as a young officer in 1935 and served in counterintelligence until November 1944. On June 6, 1944, he was the only French officer privy to top secret details: the day and hour of the Normandy invasion. This book is

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Few careers can match that of Colonel Paul Paillole of the French intelligence service. He joined the Service de Renseignement in Paris as a young officer in 1935 and served in counterintelligence until November 1944. On June 6, 1944, he was the only French officer privy to top secret details: the day and hour of the Normandy invasion. This book is filled with fascinating operational detail with references to and descriptions of hundreds of espionage and counterespionage cases, among them: the real origins of the plot to kill Admiral Darlan in 1942; the use of submarines to help the resistance; the compilation of lists of SS, Gestapo and French collaborators slated for arrest and execution after D-Day.

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Originally published in France in 1975 as Services Sp ciaux, 1935-1945, this interesting work provides a remarkably detailed account of Paillole's service as the leader of French counterintelligence prior to and during World War II. In the years leading up to the outbreak of war, German military intelligence had significantly insinuated itself into the social fabric of France. Assigned to the French Deuxi me Bureau, which handled both counterintelligence and analysis of enemy intelligence, Paillole created a network of covert travaux ruraux ("rural routes") that gathered information on German espionage efforts both in France and in North Africa. Paillole often found himself struggling on two fronts: against the Germans and caught up in the contest between de Gaulle and Henri Giraud, who both sought leadership of the Free French. Paillole warned his military masters about the impending German attack in May 1940, but his concerns were lost in a mass of contradictory intelligence. The lack of coordination by the various French intelligence agencies resulted in confusion about the German plans, a confusion similar to the disastrous U.S. contemporary intelligence situation prior to September 11. Recommended for collections specializing in works on World War II.-Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781929631131
Publisher:
Enigma Books
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Pages:
525
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author


Paul Paillole (1905-2002) spent his entire life in the French army in the military espionage section known as the Deuxieme Bureau.
In 1942 he narrowly escaped arrest by the Gestapo.
He reached Algiers where he organized many key operations that prepared the D-Day landings and liberation of France.

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