The main focus of this book is to discuss the acquisition of intelligence on current and future Soviet weaponry by Western — chiefly British — intelligence agencies in Germany during the period between the end of the Second World War and the building of the Berlin Wall. It examines the collection of intelligence from all human sources: spies, defectors, refugees, released prisoners-of-war, contacts, and attachés. It evaluates the systematic efforts to diminish the scientific potential of East Germany by inducing the defection of scientific personnel to the West. The book also argues that the scientific units of the Western intelligence services played an important part in their governments' efforts to maintain their superiority over the Soviet Bloc in war-related science and technology — a strategy of scientific warfare. It shows that the Western secret services adopted a strategy of inducing defection both to obtain scientific intelligence and to hamper scientific development.
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