Hitler's Spy Chief: The Wilhelm Canaris Mystery

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Orion, Feb 17, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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How Hitler's spy chief sabotaged the German war effort.

Wilhelm Canaris was appointed by Hitler to head the Abwehr (the German secret service) 18 months after the Nazis came to power. But Canaris turned against the Fuhrer and the Nazi regime, believing that Hitler would start a war Germany could not win. In 1938 he was involved in an attempted coup, undermined by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. In 1940 he sabotaged the German plan to invade England, and fed General Franco vital information that helped him keep Spain out of the war.

For years he played a dangerous double game, desperately trying to keep one step ahead of the Gestapo. The SS chief, Heinrich Himmler, became suspicious of the Abwehr and by 1944, when Abwehr personnel were involved in the attempted assassination of Hitler, he had the evidence to arrest Canaris himself. Canaris was executed a few weeks before the end of the war.

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User Review  - Bill - Goodreads

Really solid book on an important but not well known figure of World War II. Read full review

Review: Hitler's Spy Chief: The William Canaris Mystery (Cassell Military Paperbacks)

User Review  - Kate Forsyth - Goodreads

Wilhelm Canaris was the enigmatic head of the Abwehr, the German secret service. He was executed for treason in a Bavarian concentration camp only days before the Allies' reached the camp and ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Richard Bassett has worked in the City for the last fifteen years advising several of Europe's largest companies. Before then he worked in Central Europe for many years, first as a professional horn player and then as a staff correspondent of the London Times in Vienna, Rome and Warsaw, where his dispatches covered the end of the cold war and gave early warning of the impending disintegration of Yugoslavia. He is married with two children and divides his time between London and other parts of Europe.

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