Counterspy: Memoirs of a Counterintelligence Officer in World War II and the Cold War

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 173 pages
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During World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, Richard W. Cutler was an officer with the elite X-2 counterintelligence branch of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and with its successor, the Strategic Services Unit (SSU). Counterspy offers a rare firsthand account of the secret war against Hitler and the postwar competition with the Soviets for German intelligence assets.While with X-2, Cutler analyzed the super-secret Ultra intercepts and vetted agents about to be sent into Nazi Germany. Cutler provides an insightful overview of OSS operations during the war and their contribution to the Alliesa victory. This is also one of the few books to describe the role of the OSS and the SSU in the postwar occupation of Germany. Cutleras first job after the German surrender was to vet all of Allen Dullesas wartime sources inside Germany, who were aptly nicknamed the Crown Jewels. Just as the OSS was reorganized into the SSU, Cutler moved to Berlin, where his first task was to collect intelligence from former Nazis. Soon he became chief of counterespionage in Berlin. Soviet intelligence had already begun recruiting former German intelligence officers to spy on Americans, so Cutleras top priority was to uncover Soviet objectives and either neutralize or double their agents. Cutler reveals previously unpublished case histories of double agents against Soviet intelligence and details agentsa recruitment, missions, methods of operation, successes and failures, and fates. All of these events are recounted against the fascinating background of postwar Germany. He provides a vivid picture of the mood of the German people, how they rationalized war guilt, and how they coped with the devastation throughout the country. With photographs and a foreword by bestselling author Joseph E. Persico (Rooseveltas Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage), Counterspy is a unique account of espionage during the momentous years of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War."
 

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Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
1A BIG SURPRISE
2WELCOME TO OSS
3ENIGMA ULTRA AND DOUBLE CROSS
4COUNTERESPIONAGE ROOKIE
5LONDON AT WAR
12WARTORN CONTINENT AND BERLIN
13COUNTERESPIONAGE CASE OFFICER
14A NARROW ESCAPE
15THE JOE HOUSE
16PLUMBING THE RUSSIAN MIND
17CIVILIAN STATUS
18THE NUREMBERG TRIAL AND A SOVIET KIDNAPPING RING
19FLYING HIGH

6AMERICAN SPIES IN GERMANY
7CLEARING AGENTS BEFORE THE RHINE CROSSING
8VICTORY IN EUROPE
9LIFE IN OCCUPIED GERMANY
10AMERICAS CHALLENGE IN GERMANY
11GERMAN EVASIVENESS ABOUT HITLER
20HOOKED ON ESPIONAGE
Source Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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