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The walls have ears : the greatest intelligence operation of World War II

The walls have ears : the greatest intelligence operation of World War II / Helen Fry.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019]
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1 online resource (xiv, 319 pages,16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
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A history of the elaborate and brilliantly sustained World War II intelligence operation by which Hitler's generals were tricked into giving away vital Nazi secrets. At the outbreak of World War II, MI6 spymaster Thomas Kendrick arrived at the Tower of London to set up a top secret operation: German prisoners' cells were to be bugged and listeners installed behind the walls to record and transcribe their private conversations. This mission proved so effective that it would go on to be set up at three further sites--and provide the Allies with crucial insight into new technology being developed by the Nazis. In this astonishing history, Helen Fry uncovers the inner workings of the bugging operation. On arrival at stately-homes-turned-prisons like Trent Park, high-ranking German generals and commanders were given a "phony" interrogation, then treated as "guests," wined and dined at exclusive clubs, and encouraged to talk. And so it was that the Allies got access to some of Hitler's most closely guarded secrets--and from those most entrusted to protect them.-- Provided by publisher.
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Greatest intelligence operation of World War II
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Print version: Fry, Helen, 1967- Walls have ears. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019]
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Prologue : decades of silence
1. The Tower of London
2. M Room operations
3. Trent Park
4. Prized prisoners, idle chatter
5. The spider
6. Battle of the generals
7. Mad Hatter's tea party
8. Secret listeners
9. Rocket science
10. "Our guests"
11. Saga of the generals
12. War crimes and the Holocaust
13. Breaking the German will to resist
14. British intelligence, POWs and war crimes trials
15. Always listening
Epilogue : secrets to the grave.
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