Allied Intelligence Handbook to the German Army

Title:                      Allied Intelligence Handbook to the German Army

Author:                 Stephen Bull

Bull, Stephen (2017), compiler. Allied Intelligence Handbook to the German Army. London, UK: Conway, an imprint of Bloomsbury Plc

OCLC:    957021877


Date Posted:      May 1, 2017

Reviewed in The Intelligencer[1]

What did the British or American soldier know about the German Army? Was this knowledge accurate? Bull explains what can be deduced about sources and the concerns of the intelligence officers who compiled the material. Most of the documents were produced at the time by the British War Office or US War Department and cover different aspects of the German Army, including tactics, weapons, and uniforms.

Subjects include: Allied intelligence on the German Army from 1930 onwards, British SIS/MI6 and US Military Intelligence. The organizations responsible, how they worked, and how they changed very rapidly with the coming of war. The role of technology, modern—like the radio transmitter; ancient—as in scouring libraries and periodicals, reports on military maneuvers and parades. Discusses limitations of ULTRA, the German army itself[2], from the tiny force left after Versailles, to the rapid expansion in the late 1930s. Covers innovation in tanks, tactics, machine guns, rocket weaponry. The problems of gathering intelligence, not just danger, but finance, asking the right questions and the limitations of reporting and distribution.

[1] Reviewed in The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies (22, 3, Winter 2016-17, p. 136).

[2] ULTRA was an encrypting device used by the Germans. It is not and was not a term for the German army, as the sentence might suggest.

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