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Spying on IrelandBritish Intelligence and Irish Neutrality during the Second World War$
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Eunan O'Halpin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253296.001.0001

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Preparation for Overlord: January–December 1943

Preparation for Overlord: January–December 1943

(p.215) 5 Preparation for Overlord: January–December 1943
Spying on Ireland

Eunan O'Halpin (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter begins with a discussion of major intelligence and security breakthroughs in 1943. It then discusses counter-intelligence cooperation (the Eastwood Case), movement controls and preparations for the invasion of Europe, SIS in Ireland, diplomatic intelligence, and the German legation radio. It is argued that the considerable intelligence and security breakthroughs in 1943 were at times overshadowed by continuing ministerial anger and concern with Ireland, and later focused less on the issue of ports and bases, and far more on the matter of the Axis missions. As the number of American troops in the UK increased dramatically during the year in preparation for Overlord, so did American concerns about the security of the planned operation and the potential for leakage of information through Ireland.

Keywords:   Britain, Ireland, counter-intelligence, Eastwood Case, invasion, Americans, Second World War, Overlord

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