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Espionage Manual 34 - Polish Espionage Secrets
Polish Intelligence, World War II
132 pages, 12 chapters and 3 appendixes
Espionage Manual #34 - Polish Espionage Secrets is the story of one of
the best intelligence agencies in World War II, Polish Military
Intelligence. Although there is much that is well known about Polish
intelligence operations, Espionage Manual #34 - Polish Espionage
Secrets reveals the truthful political basis of Polish espionage secrets and
the exciting intrigue and infighting conducted by Polish intelligence
throughout the world from 1920-1944.
Critics would say that there are no Polish espionage secrets, but such
secrets are teased out when the story is begun with the political basis for it all,
Many questions remain unanswered about Polish intelligence and while
Espionage Manual #34 - Polish Espionage Secrets ties many Polish
intelligence secrets into a coherent, understandable matrix, a small e-book
like Espionage Manual #34 - Polish Espionage Secrets can’t answer all the
questions. For example, who murdered Polish General Sikorski? And did the
Soviet NKVD control Polish intelligence?
"In the 1920s Poland fought communism desperately and was barely able to turn back a huge invading Soviet army
group intent on enslaving Poland. Polish military intelligence played a very important role in that struggle.
A historical oddity of the pre-war and World War II years is the fact that tiny nations like Finland, Estonia,
Czechoslovakia and Denmark had intelligence agencies superior to that of the USA. (Medium European nations like
Poland, Hungary and Rumanian also had better intelligence agencies than America.)
Apart from so-called passive intelligence (radio surveillance, press reports and similar activities), in the early 1920s
Polish intelligence started to develop a network for offensive intelligence. The Eastern Office (Referat "Wschód" in
Polish) had several dozen bureaus, mostly attached to Polish consulates in Moscow, Kiev, Leningrad, Kharkov and
Tbilisi. In the covert war against the massive NKVD, the Poles frequently proved smarter.
Short-range reconnaissance was carried out by Poland’s Border Defense Corps (created in 1924). On numerous
occasions Polish military reconnaissance personnel crossed the USSR border disguised as smugglers, partisans, or
ordinary bandits. They gathered information on the location of Soviet troops and the morale of the Soviet people. At the
same time Soviet forces carried out similar missions on Polish soil. The situation finally stabilized in 1925. However,
missions such as the ones described above continued without let up.
An extensive network of Polish informants, domestic and foreign, developed very rapidly. A contributor to that network’s
growth was Poland's tragic economic situation, caused by over a century of foreign occupation. In the 19th and early
20th centuries, occupied Poland's economic and political situation forced hundreds of thousands of Poles to immigrate
to almost every country in the world. With the advent of Polish independence, many émigrés offered their services to
Polish intelligence agencies. Others, notably Poles who had been living in the former Russian Empire and were now
making their way home through war-torn Russia, provided priceless intelligence on Russian logistics, order of battle and
the status of all parties involved in the Russian Civil War."
Excerpt from Espionage Manual # 34 - Polish Espionage Secrets
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