By Jeffrey T. Richelson
Here's the final word within historical past of twentieth-century intelligence accumulating and covert task. Unrivalled in its scope and as readable as any secret agent novel, A Century of Spies travels from tsarist Russia and the earliest days of the British mystery provider to the crises and uncertainties of today's post-Cold conflict global, providing an unsurpassed evaluate of the function of contemporary intelligence in all the pieces of the globe. From spies and mystery brokers to the most recent high-tech wizardry in signs and imagery surveillance, it presents interesting, in-depth insurance of significant operations of usa, British, Russian, Israeli, chinese language, German, and French intelligence companies, and masses extra. all of the key parts of contemporary intelligence task are the following. a professional whose books have got excessive marks from the intelligence and army groups, Jeffrey Richelson covers the the most important function of secret agent know-how from the times of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to today's brilliant array of area Age satellites, plane, and floor stations. He presents brilliant snap shots of spymasters, spies, and defectors--including Sidney Reilly, Herbert Yardley, Kim Philby, James Angleton, Markus Wolf, Reinhard Gehlen, Vitaly Yurchenko, Jonathan Pollard, and so on. Richelson paints a colourful portrait of global conflict I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the key maneuvering that helped confirm the end result of the battle on land, at sea, and at the diplomatic entrance; he investigates the big value of intelligence operations in either the ecu and Pacific theaters in international conflict II, from the paintings of Allied and Nazi brokers to the "black magic" of U.S. and British code breakers; and he provides us an entire assessment of intelligence throughout the size of the chilly warfare, from superpower espionage and secret agent scandals to covert motion and mystery wars. a last bankruptcy probes the still-evolving function of intelligence paintings within the new international of sickness and ethnic clash, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf struggle to the incredible involvement of the French executive in business espionage. complete, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is stuffed with new info on quite a few subjects--from the actions of the yankee Black Chamber within the Twenties to intelligence assortment in the course of the Cuban missile hindrance to Soviet intelligence and covert motion operations. it really is a vital quantity for someone attracted to army historical past, espionage and experience, and international affairs.
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In response to a call for help from the Second Army commander, von Moltke, chief of the General Staff, agreed to von Kluck's proposal to bring his forces across the front of Paris and to the Second Army's aid. While such a maneuver would prevent the envisioned triumphant entry into Paris, von Kluck bowed to General Staff doctrine—which demanded the destruction of the enemy's armies in the field before all else. 12 Von Kluck's troops would have to pass across the Allied front, exposing their poorly guarded right flank to the growing strength of the Sixth Army.
Furse spotted the German general's cavalry corps heading west. Another reconnaissance mission confirmed Purse's discovery. 11 Von Kluck, in moving west, was pulling away from the German Second Army on his immediate left, creating a gap between the two German armies on the right of the German line. If the Allies could enter the gap they could attack the undefended flanks of either army. Although the Allies were not in position for such an attack, the French Fifth Army was able to stop the German Second Army at Guise.
29 By August 31 Samsonov's Second Army was defeated. Two corps were almost totally destroyed, three corps were shattered, and the remainder of the army was in retreat. 30 Spies in the Great Wai: Eyes and Ears 37 The Battle of the Somme Aerial reconnaissance played a significant role in alerting the Germans to the British attack on July 1, 1916, which launched the Battle of the Somme. Signs of the Allied offensive had been detected by German air reconnaissance in the areas behind the Allied front, with fresh hutments being detected as early as February.
A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century by Jeffrey T. Richelson