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The Foreign Intelligence Mission

George C. Browder

in Hitler's Enforcers

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780195104790
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854462 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195104790.003.0010
The Foreign Intelligence Mission

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The third major Sicherheitsdienst (SD) mission, foreign intelligence and counterespionage, continued to develop more slowly than the others, undoubtedly because the SD never had any claim to a monopoly, as it had for domestic Party operations. Also, the SD's alliance with the Gestapo was less helpful in this area. Once Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich secured their monopoly of Germany's political police power in spring 1934, they could curb domestic competition with the SD. The political police curbed all overt activity by Party agencies in both domestic intelligence and counterespionage. They could not totally eliminate it, however, for others could claim a need for information gathering related to their missions. The SD had to negotiate delimitations and cooperation in the gray areas of overlap with each agency. In the process, however, they won access to the competitions' contacts and information.

Keywords: Sicherheitsdienst; mission; foreign intelligence; counterespionage; Heinrich Himmler; Reinhard Heydrich; political police; Germany

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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