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Cover name: Dr. Rantzau / Nikolaus Ritter ; edited and translated by Katharine R. Wallace ; foreword by Mary Kathryn Barbier.

Author/Creator:
Ritter, Nikolaus Adolf Fritz, 1899-1974, author.
Standardized Title:
Deckname Dr. Rantzau. English
Publication:
Lexington, Kentucky : The University Press of Kentucky, [2019]
Series:
Foreign military studies (Lexington, Ky.)
Foreign military studies
Format/Description:
Book
xvii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Subjects:
Ritter, Nikolaus Adolf Fritz, 1899-1974.
Germany. Wehrmacht. Amt Ausland/Abwehr -- Officers -- Biography.
Ritter, Nikolaus Adolf Fritz, 1899-1974.
Germany. Wehrmacht. Amt Ausland/Abwehr.
World War (1939-1945)
Spies -- Germany -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Germany.
Espionage, German -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Espionage, German -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Armed Forces -- Officers.
Espionage, German.
Secret service.
Spies.
Germany.
Great Britain.
United States.
Form/Genre:
Biography.
History.
Language:
In English translated from the original German.
Summary:
"Cover Name: Dr. Rantzau is a gripping diary-like personal account of espionage during the Second World War and is one of very few historic memoirs written by an ex-Abwehr officer. Detailed is how Colonel Nikolaus Ritter, following a brief World War I career and over ten years as a businessman in America, returned to Germany in spring of 1935 and became Chief of Air Intelligence in the Abwehr. He was assigned to establish a network of agents to gather information on British and US airfields, aircrafts, and state-of-the-art developments in the aerospace industry. Among others, Ritter's cover names were Dr. Rantzau and Dr. Reinhard in Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg, Dr. Jansen in Hungary, Dr. Renken in Germany, and Mr. Johnson in America. Throughout his service in the Abwehr, Ritter smuggled America's most jealously guarded secret, the Norden bombsight and the Sperry gyroscope, into Germany, and coordinated the planning for the invasion of the British Isles (Operation Sea Lion). Ritter was incarcerated by the British in 1945 and sent to the Bad Nenndorf interrogation centre. Katharine Ritter Wallace, the daughter of Col. Ritter, presents the first English translation of the German World War II memoir. With a combination of collected documents, correspondences, personal notes, communications with peers, and from memory, this captivating account by an espionage agent reveals an insider's glimpse of the German intelligence service and of a handler's expansive and diverse agent network"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Arthur Owens (aka Snow and Johnny)
Dr. Rantzau
The Abwehr
Launching a network
Orders from Admiral Canaris
Departing for America
New York
Hermann Lang and the Norden bombsight
Contacts in America
Mr. X
A close encounter
Reconstructing the bombsight
British agents in the Abwehr
Lily Stein
Ein Glas Bier
Count László Almásy
Sabotage across borders
Border closings
Sea rendezvous
Operation Sea Lion
Suspending Sea Lion
Africa mission
Desert devils
End of war
Reflections.
Notes:
"An AUSA book."
"The original German edition of this book was published as "Deckname Dr. Rantzau" (Hamburg: Hoffman und Campe, 1972)"-- Title verso.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Wallace, Katharine R. (Katharine Ritter), 1934- editor, translator.
Barbier, Mary, author of foreword.
ISBN:
9780813177342
0813177340
9780813177359
0813177359
9780813177366
0813177367
OCLC:
1066126539
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