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Hitler's Secret War in South America, 1939--1945: German Military Espionage and Allied Counterespionage in Brazil
Published first in Brazil as Suastica sobre o Brasil, this examination of the rise and fall of German espionage in that country spent months on the best-seller list there and generated a national furor as former spies and collaborationists denounced it as a CIA ploy. Here, for the first time, are the colorful stories of such German agents as "Alfredo," probably the most im ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Lsu Press
(first published 1981)
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I found this book quite helpful in my own research for my WWII book, Into the Lion's Mouth. The material on Albrecht Engels (who ran the German radio, code named BOLIVAR) was especially useful. Since all German traffic into the Western hemisphere came through BOLIVAR, Engels was a very important figure. The Abwehr had also tasked Engels to find out about American progress on the atom bomb, a task which Engels passed on to the subject of my book, Dusko Popov.
This book was published earlier than 1999: the Ballantine papperback came out in 1981. Very little is said about Nazi infiltration of Latin America, but it was a major effort. Had Germany not rushed into war, it might have borne significant fruit over time.