The Nazi Intelligence Matrix: The Gestapo outside Germany, 1939-1945

Hubbard-Hall, C. (2015) The Nazi Intelligence Matrix: The Gestapo outside Germany, 1939-1945. Global War Studies, 12 (1). pp. 12-37. ISSN 1949-8489

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The subject of Nazi foreign intelligence during the Second World War has until now remained the preserve of only a handful of notable historians. However, these works, produced during the late 1970s and 1980s, along with a small number of other studies published since, have only focused on individual organizations or sub-sections within them. This article, therefore, seeks to revive an earlier call made by Michael Geyer who stressed the need for a comprehensive study of Nazi intelligence, with particular attention paid to all of its components and the interrelationships that existed between them. This article offers a start by firstly reviewing the main foreign intelligence organizations such as the Abwehr and SD which under the umbrella of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (Reich Main Security Office or RSHA) were pulled together forming a matrix structure. Secondly, this article endeavors to draw attention to the structure and organization of a lesser-known component of Nazi foreign intelligence: the Gestapo spy network. It is this article's contention that whilst the Gestapo proved of considerable use within a counterinsurgency role in Nazi-occupied Poland and Norway, when it came to engaging in rare examples of military espionage, it failed. Yet, it did succeed in strengthening its presence within the Nazi intelligence matrix.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article was first presented as a paper at the international conference '1944: Seventy years on' held at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst during April 2014.
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Claire Hubbard-Hall
Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 14:41
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:19

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