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Codeword Overlord: Axis Espionage and the D-Day Landings

Nigel West



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01 July 2019
History; Second World War; Espionage & secret services; Battles & campaigns
The Allied invasion of Europe during the summer of 1944 was widely expected and it fell to the Axis intelligence services to provide High Command with advance warning of the precise date and place of the landings. Using cryptanalysis of Allied signals, undercover agents and ships, and photographic evidence, Axis intelligence was pitted directly against their Allied counterparts, who actively tried to create a decoy and aim their enemies at the wrong location. The success of Operation Overlord has played a large part in historians usually disparaging the German army as incompetent and corrupt. However, recently declassified documents that allow a comprehensive assessment of the Axis intelligence collection effort suggest a different story. Spies on the ground, codebreakers from across the Axis and photo intelligence: theirs was a sophisticated, integrated intelligence system that was supremely conscious of the Allies' counter-intelligence schemes. Having learned of the significance of the OVERLORD codeword from a spy at the British embassy in Ankara in 1943, Berlin made the project a priority and dedicated resources to provide the High Command with a surprisingly accurate evaluation of the Allied order of battle and their invasion strategy. For the first time, acclaimed intelligence author Nigel West provides the full, true story of Axis intelligence and how they affected the events of the D-Day landings. AUTHOR: Nigel West has written more than forty books of non-fiction on security and intelligence topics. His highly acclaimed works include Churchill's Spy Files, MI5 in the Great War and Spycraft Secrets. He has spent the past fourteen years at the Counterintelligence Centre in Washington DC. He lives in Kent. 24 b/w illustrations
By:   Nigel West
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780750989930
ISBN 10:   0750989939
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

NIGEL WEST has written more than forty books on security and intelligence topics and was voted `The Experts' Expert' by The Observer. He is the recipient of the US Association of Former Intelligence Officers' first Lifetime Literature Achievement Award and has spent the past fourteen years at the Counterintelligence Centre in Washington DC. His previous books for The History Press include Churchill's Spy Files (2018) and Spycraft Secrets (2017).

Reviews for Codeword Overlord: Axis Espionage and the D-Day Landings

His information is so precise that many people believe he is the unofficial historian of the secret services. West's sources are undoubtedly excellent. His books are peppered with deliberate clues to potential front-page stories.

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