NKVD delegations in Allied countries during the SWW

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NKVD delegations in Allied countries during the SWW

Post by K.Kocjancic » 19 Jun 2021 11:15

Were there any official NKVD delegations in Allied countries (for example: in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, etc.) during the Second World War? If they were, are there any reports regarding their cooperations and/or activities there?

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Re: NKVD delegations in Allied countries during the SWW

Post by Art » 19 Jun 2021 16:49

Frankly, I don't quite understand what would be purpose/functions of such delegations. Naturally NKVD/NKGB had their spy/intelligence network, but, of course, it didn't have any official status.

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Re: NKVD delegations in Allied countries during the SWW

Post by Tamari » 19 Jun 2021 20:37

Operation Pickaxe, cooperation between SOE and NKVD. SOE was a facilitator for NKVD parachute agents who were send into Nazi Germany.

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Re: NKVD delegations in Allied countries during the SWW

Post by K.Kocjancic » 20 Jun 2021 17:47

Tamari wrote:
19 Jun 2021 20:37
Operation Pickaxe, cooperation between SOE and NKVD. SOE was a facilitator for NKVD parachute agents who were send into Nazi Germany.


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Thanks!

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Re: NKVD delegations in Allied countries during the SWW

Post by Tamari » 21 Jun 2021 19:18

Hi Klemen,

I have something to add about NKVD's liaison team in London.

https://www.casematepublishers.com/chur ... NDV_lObGdN

summary:
Following the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Churchill and Stalin secretly agreed that Britain would infiltrate Soviet agents into occupied Western Europe. Liaison began between the NKVD and the SOE, each country's secret service. Transported in convoys across the Arctic Ocean and often attacked by German UBoats, thirty-four men and women arrived in Scotland. To stop people finding out that Britain was helping the Communists, the agents were given false identities and provided with accommodation and training at remote country houses in southern England, including Beaulieu. Code named PICKAXES, they were sent for parachute practice at Ringway aerodrome, provided with documents, cover stories and wireless sets and sent on clandestine missions into France, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Germany and Italy. Whilst most were sent from RAF Tempsford, Churchill's Most Secret airfield, one was sent by boat across the Channel and another by submarine into Northern Italy. Only a few survived the war as most were caught, interrogated and executed. Based on extensive research, Bernard O'Connor tells their human stories enmeshed in a web of political intrigue and diplomacy.


NKVD officer Andreij Graur
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Source: Lexikon der Geheimdienste by Helmut Roewer and Matthias Uhl

Forum member Steve had also mentioned Operation Pickaxes in his book about Gestapo's SS-Major Horst Kopkow (around page 60 ).

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