Recommended reading - Naval espionage and spec-ops in the Med and neighbouring seas?

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Recommended reading - Naval espionage and spec-ops in the Med and neighbouring seas?

Post by Komi » 24 Dec 2020 13:06

I'm looking for anything (written/translated in english) that focuses on naval espionage or special-operations in the Mediterranean during WW2 (my interest also extends to seas in the vicinity like the Aegean, Adriatic, and Black Sea). I'm interested in stuff from both the Allied and Axis sides.

I've already got the book Secret Flotillas Volume II: Clandestine Sea Operations in the Western Mediterranean, North African & the Adriatic 1940-1944.

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Re: Recommended reading - Naval espionage and spec-ops in the Med and neighbouring seas?

Post by Tamari » 28 Dec 2020 22:32

Hi Komi,

regarding SpecOps especially in the MTO the following books and articles could possibly be an interesting choice for you:

Long Range Desert Group
https://www.casematepublishers.com/the- ... -pDVVO1KdM


SOE and other allied SpecOps
https://www.casematepublishers.com/targ ... -pGU1O1KdM

https://www.amazon.de/Swastika-Aegean-A ... B01K3R6422

Decima MAS and Junio Borghese
https://www.amazon.de/Black-Prince-Sea- ... 0306813114


Naval Espionage and deception
Operation Mincemeat by Ben McIntyre
https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/operation ... 408809211/

Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and the Mafia in forefront of Operation Husky - Operation Underworld
https://allhands.navy.mil/Stories/Displ ... ion-husky/

https://youtu.be/-58qPTizpGY

https://www.history.com/.amp/news/what- ... underworld

Gibraltar
Spying on the rock: an assessment of Abwehr clandestine operations against Gibraltar during the Second World War by Jonathan Best
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10. ... 18.1545431

Ian Fleming and Gibraltar - Operation Goldeneye
http://www.gibraltarpanorama.gi/167315

https://www.forces.net/heritage/james-b ... tering-ww2


Best regards

Robert

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Re: Recommended reading - Naval espionage and spec-ops in the Med and neighbouring seas?

Post by Komi » 29 Dec 2020 12:14

Tamari wrote:
28 Dec 2020 22:32
Wow, lots of sources to look in to in that post, thanks a lot Robert.

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Re: Recommended reading - Naval espionage and spec-ops in the Med and neighbouring seas?

Post by DrG » 02 Jan 2021 03:25

"Black Phoenix" by Enrico Cernuschi and Vincent P. O'Hara https://www.amazon.com/Black-Phoenix-Op ... 0615978614 provide some information about the infiltration of agents beyond enemy lines by the National Republican Navy of the Italian Social Republic (1943-45).

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Re: Recommended reading - Naval espionage and spec-ops in the Med and neighbouring seas?

Post by Komi » 02 Jan 2021 12:37

DrG wrote:
02 Jan 2021 03:25
"Black Phoenix" by Enrico Cernuschi and Vincent P. O'Hara https://www.amazon.com/Black-Phoenix-Op ... 0615978614 provide some information about the infiltration of agents beyond enemy lines by the National Republican Navy of the Italian Social Republic (1943-45).
Brilliant, the RSI Navy is a topic which in general I'd like to read more about, thanks.

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Re: Recommended reading - Naval espionage and spec-ops in the Med and neighbouring seas?

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 06 Jan 2021 23:22

'The Deceivers' by Holt has a few chapters on deception ops in the Mediterranean theatre. The book is a 800+ page catalogs of deception operations, so not super depth on the ops, but enough to understand what the Brits were up on this for the course of the war. There was a lot more than is popularly understood & from 1942 it was closely aligned with Allied strategy and operations.

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