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NATO's Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe

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This fascinating new study shows how the CIA and the British secret service, in collaboration with the military alliance NATO and European military secret services, set up a network of clandestine anti-communist armies in Western Europe after World War II.

These secret soldiers were trained on remote islands in the Mediterranean and in unorthodox warfare centres in England
Paperback, 315 pages
Published December 22nd 2004 by Routledge (first published December 17th 2004)
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Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sachbuch
Nachdem ich Foschepoths „Überwachtes Deutschland“ gelesen habe, hatte ich schon nur noch sehr wenige Illusionen, in einer Demokratie zu leben. Dieses Buch jedoch, zerreißt auch noch den letzten dünnen Schleier der Illusion, den der Westen als seine ach so grandiosen Ideale rühmt.
Wenn man nach Foschepoths Buch noch die Hoffnung hatte, dass man an diesem System irgendwas retten oder verbessern könnte, macht einem diese Buch klar, dass da nicht mehr zu retten ist, sondern, dass diese Strukturen mit
Nov 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: italy
i am glad this book exists. it sheds light on an important part of european history (and italian history) that i did not know enough about, and about which not enough has been written
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading 'NATO's Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe.' Authored by Dr. Daniele Ganser, a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, it was published in 2005.

Some of the key findings of Ganser's research are these:

The US CIA and British MI6, following the Second World War, set up secret right-wing organizations in all of the future NATO states, as well as the ostensibly neutral states
Luka Novak
Mar 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cold-war
While the topic is very interesting and author seemed to do decent ammount of research the main flaw of the book is that it doesn't rely on primary sources. Instead it uses secondary sources like testemonies of people involved and various reports.

While author freely admits this and explains primary sources were not available this severly decreases the extent of what book can actually uncover, since secondary sources are by nature less reliable and less that full.

Good attempt but far short of wh
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I grunden en fantastisk historia men boken är alltför torr och träig för att jag ska orka ta till mig berättelsen. Men för den som har mer tålamod än jag så är det säkerligen en fantastisk sammanställning av Natos Stay Behind i Europa.
S.H. Villa
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is unusual for a book to be both dull and horrifying, but it is excused its dullness by being the only academic text on the NATO Gladio operations after WWII in Western Europe. The horrifying part is harder to excuse. It became known when the then Italian prime minister Andreotti confirmed the existence of Operation Gladio in the Italian parliament. This book is based on the report which followed in the early 1990s.

The CIA and British Intelligence were particularly keen to prevent any of the
Mar 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Though written in dull, academic style, this story exploded on the scene in the early 1990s, with various European governments confirming it. It's the story of secret right-wing/Nazi armies setup by the U.S. and NATO at the start of the Cold War to serve as behind-the-lines shock troops in the event of a Soviet invasion. Since that never occurred, these secret armies ended up taking part in numerous false-flag terrorist operations they blamed on the left. It's a key text linking the right and fa ...more
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Realpolitik. CIA and MI6 created and sponsored terrorists states around the world. Secret NATO protocols. Must read!
Anthony James
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: political
When you don't know what to say sometimes it is better not to say anything at all.
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people studying the NATO or the far right in Europe.
Would have been a four-star book had the translation not been so crappy - truly unfortunate.
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Swiss Historian, 9/11 truther and Peak Oil lecturer.

Ganser has written books about the presumed NATO stay-behind network Gladio, the Swiss policy of refusing to integrate with the EU, the Cuban missile crisis and the Peak Oil theory.

He was president of the Swiss branch of the "Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas" (ASPO) and teaches History and Future of Energy Systems at the University o
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