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The Young Kim PhilbySoviet Spy and British Intelligence Officer$
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Edward Harrison

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780859898676

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859898676.001.0001

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British Counter-Espionage in Spain

British Counter-Espionage in Spain

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(p.130) 8 British Counter-Espionage in Spain
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The Young Kim Philby
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Edward Harrison

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859898676.003.0008

This chapter focuses on Kim Philby's role in British counter-espionage activities in Spain, mainly to deal with Germany's employment of numerous spies using the same name. Spain, headed by General Franco, proved to be a slippery antagonist for British diplomacy and intelligence. Britain was particularly concerned with the effectiveness of German intelligence in the western Mediterranean because of the Allied Operation Torch, a plan by Britain and America to invade French North Africa by landings on both its Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. The chapter also discusses Axis espionage in the Straits of Gibraltar and Britain's attempts to blind the German watchers with a cloud of deception.

Keywords:   counter-espionage, Kim Philby, Spain, Germany, spies, intelligence, Britain, Mediterranean, Allied Operation Torch, espionage

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