The Secret War against Sweden: US and British Submarine Deception in the 1980s(Cass Naval Policy and History Series)

The Secret War against Sweden: US and British Submarine Deception in the 1980s(Cass Naval Policy and History Series)

by Ola Tunander
     
 

ISBN-10: 0714682756

ISBN-13: 9780714682754

Pub. Date: 09/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Following the stranding of a Soviet Whiskey-class submarine in 1981 on the Swedish archipelago, a series of massive submarine intrusions took place within Swedish waters.

However, the evidence for these appears to have been manipulated or simply invented. Classified documents and interviews point to covert Western, rather than Soviet activity. This is backed up

Overview

Following the stranding of a Soviet Whiskey-class submarine in 1981 on the Swedish archipelago, a series of massive submarine intrusions took place within Swedish waters.

However, the evidence for these appears to have been manipulated or simply invented. Classified documents and interviews point to covert Western, rather than Soviet activity. This is backed up by former US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, who stated that Western "testing" operations were carried out regularly in Swedish waters. Royal Navy submarine captains have also admitted to top-secret operations.

Ola Tunander's revelations make it clear that the United States and Britain ran a "secret war" in Swedish waters. The number of Swedes perceiving the Soviet Union as a direct threat increased from 5-10 per cent in 1980 to 45 per cent in 1983. This Anglo-American "secret war" was aimed at exerting political influence over Sweden. It was a risky enterprise, but perhaps the most successful covert operation of the entire Cold War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714682754
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Series:
Cass Series: Naval Policy and History Series
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Background: Operation NOTVARP 3. The Hårsfjärden Hunt: A War Diary 4. Reflections after the Submarine Hunt 5. Manipulation of Government Policy 6. The National Origin of the Hårsfjärden Submarine 7. Submarine Ghosts and Psychological Warfare Against Sweden Appendix I: Sources - Archival Material and Interviews Appendix II: Interview with Caspar Weinberger Appendix III: Swedish Naval Forces Mentioned in Chapter 3 References

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