Spying on Ireland: British Intelligence and Irish Neutrality during the Second World War

Spying on Ireland: British Intelligence and Irish Neutrality during the Second World War

by Eunan O'Halpin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199253293

ISBN-13: 9780199253296

Pub. Date: 06/02/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Irish neutrality during the Second World War presented Britain with significant challenges to its security. Exploring how British agencies identified and addressed these problems, this book reveals how Britain simultaneously planned sabotage in and spied on Ireland, and at times sought to damage the neutral state's reputation internationally through black

Overview

Irish neutrality during the Second World War presented Britain with significant challenges to its security. Exploring how British agencies identified and addressed these problems, this book reveals how Britain simultaneously planned sabotage in and spied on Ireland, and at times sought to damage the neutral state's reputation internationally through black propaganda operations. It analyses the extent of British knowledge of Axis and other diplomatic missions in Ireland, and shows the crucial role of diplomatic code-breaking in shaping British policy. The book also underlines just how much Ireland both interested and irritated Churchill throughout the war.

Drawing heavily on British and American intelligence records, many disclosed here for the first time, Eunan O'Halpin presents the first country study of British intelligence to describe and analyse the impact of all the secret agencies during the war. He casts fresh light on British activities in Ireland, and on the significance of both espionage and cooperation between intelligence agencies for developing wider relations between the two countries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199253296
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/02/2008
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables xvi

Abbreviations and acronyms xvii

Biographical notes of key figures xx

1 Britain's Irish security problem, 1922-1939 1

2 Phoney war, phoney spies: September 1939-April 1940 46

3 Invasion fears: May 1940-June 1941 88

4 From Barbarossa to Torch: July 1941-December 1942 163

5 Preparation for Overlord: January-December 1943 215

6 Anomalous, benighted backwater: January 1944 to the late 1940s 247

Conclusion 300

Bibliography 306

Index 317

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