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Spying on ScienceWestern Intelligence in Divided Germany 1945-1961$
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Paul Maddrell

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267507.001.0001

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The Prisoners-of-war Come Home

The Prisoners-of-war Come Home

(p.103) 4 The Prisoners-of-war Come Home
Spying on Science

Paul Maddrell

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on an even more valuable type of informant: Germans forced to work in the Soviet Union itself. It explains that the war showed the Soviet leaders that their country was backward in military technology, particularly with regard to Germany and the USA. It adds that Stalin set the USSR the aim of catching up with the West in the most crucial military technologies. It narrates that the great flow of prisoners-of-war from the USSR supplied valuable sources of intelligence on the industry, military installations, growing military-industrial complexes, and topography of the USSR.

Keywords:   prisoners-of-war, Soviet Union, USSR, military technologies, mass flight, intelligence sources, Germany, USA, Friedland

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