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'Vopo'-General Vincenz Mueller and Western Intelligence, 1948-54: CIC, the Gehlen Organization and Two Cold War Covert Operations

Searle, DA 2002, ''Vopo'-General Vincenz Mueller and Western Intelligence, 1948-54: CIC, the Gehlen Organization and Two Cold War Covert Operations' , Intelligence and National Security, 17 (2) , pp. 27-50.

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Abstract

This article describes an attempt by the US Army Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) to bring about the defection of former Wehrmacht General Vincenz Müller from Eastern Germany (1948-50). While this covert operation failed, it provided a prelude to Operation 'Schwaben', a similar undertaking conducted by the Gehlen Organization with exactly the same aim. Müller does not appear to have been interested in American offers to assist in his defection, but during the German operation he came very close to a decision to defect. This case is interesting for the light it throws on the internal workings of the CIC during the early Cold War period, as well as for the new perspective it gives on the complexities of Müller's involvement with Western intelligence.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Intelligence and National Security
Publisher: Routledge Taylor Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0268-4527
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2007 13:11
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1264

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