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Vomécourt, Philippe de. Who Lived to See the Day: France in Arms, 1940-1945. London: Hutchinson, 1961. 1963. [pb] An Army of Amateurs. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1961. New York: Time Life Education, 1991.

From "Foreword" by RAF Marshal Lord Tedder: This book "enables us to see how the spirit and forces of Resistance grew in France first into a gadfly nuisance and ultimately into a serious threat to German security. It shows, too, what it meant to be a member of the Resistance, and what it cost in blood and tears. Monsieur de Vomécourt is in a good position to tell this story. He was in at the beginning in June 1940 with his brothers. Indeed, they can fairly claim to have been the first organizers and leaders."


Von Bose, Herbert.

1."Der Nachrichtenoffizier an der Front" [Intelligence Officer at the Front]. In Weltkriegsspionage [World War Espionage], ed. [Maj. Gen.] Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, 486-489. Munich: Justin Moser, 1931.

H. Roewer: Bose was a Western Front intelligence officers in WWI. "The text is not very detailed."

2. "Sabotage und Propaganda." In Weltkriegsspionage [World War Espionage], ed. [Maj. Gen.] Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, 301-311. Munich: Justin Moser, 1931.


Von Bülow, Mathilde. "Myth or Reality? The Red Hand and French Covert Action in Federal Germany during the Algerian War, 1956-61." Intelligence and National Security 22, no. 6 (Dec. 2007): 787 – 820.

From abstract: "This article argues that the attacks on West German territory were executed neither by vigilantes nor by renegade agents. Instead, they were carried out by the French foreign intelligence service SDECE with the full approval of the highest political authorities in Paris.... The article will show that the Red Hand served merely as a cover to detract from the state's resort to such violent and criminal means."

[France/Postwar; Germany/West]

Von Feilitzsch, Heribert. Hiding in Plain Sight: Felix A. Sommerfeld, Spymaster in Mexico, 1908 to 1914. Amissville, VA: Henselstone Verlag, 2012.

Benbow, Studies in Intelligence 57.3 (Sep 2013), comments that this self-published book "is well researched and well argued." The author's "conclusions are logical, but while they are the most reasonable explanations for Sommerfeld's activities, they are not the only explanations." The book "would have benefitted from the services of a professional editor.... Despite these issues, Feilitzsch has done an exemplary job of tracing the activities of a shadowy character in a chaotic time and place."

[Germany/Historical; OtherCountries/Mexico/To1945]

Von Hassell, Agostino. Strike Force: U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations. Charlottesville, VA: Howell Press, 1991. 1992. [pb] Staplehurst, UK: Spellmount, 1999.

[MI/Marines; MI/Navy/SpecOps; MI/SpecOps]

Von Hassell, Agostino, and Sigrid MacRae. Alliance of Enemies: The Untold Story of the Secret American and German Collaboration to End World War II. New York: St. Martin's, 2006.

Boghardt, DIJ 16.2 (2007), sees Alliance of Enemies as "a well-researched, persuasively argued account of German opposition" to the Nazis. "The authors contend that active Allied support of the German Resistance through intelligence channels could have tipped the balance in favor of the conspirators." For Peake, Studies 51.3 (2007), this work provides a needed narrative on the "backgrounds, positions, motivations, conflicts or, in many cases, the[] executions" of German plotters against Hitler. Pinck, OSS Society Newsletter (Spring 2007), calls this "an outstanding book, buttressed by hard rock research, fairness, a felicitous style -- and facts, facts, facts."


Von Hoene, John P.A. Intelligence User's Guide. Washington, DC: DIA, 1983.


Von Lambsdorff:, Gustav Graf. Die Militärbevollmächtigten Kaiser Wilhelms II. am Zarenhofe 1904-1914 [The German Militaray Attachés of Kaiser Wilhelm II to the Russian Court 1904-1914]. Berlin: Schlieffen-Verlag, 1937.

H. Roewer: "Maj. Lambsdorff was the last of them. The book contains ...original reports from St. Petersburg to Berlin on the political and military situation of Russia."


Von Meding, Dorothee. Tr., Michael Balfour. Courageous Hearts: Women and the Anti-Hitler Plot of 1944. Oxford and Providence, RI: Berghahn, 1997.

According to Flynn, History 26.2, the author "presents the life stories of eleven women who were the wives or friends" of conspirators in the 20 July Hitler assassination plot. The book is based on the women's memories as recorded in television interviews.

[Women/WWII/Other; WWII/Eur/Ger/Res]

Voska, Emanuel Victor, and William Irwin. Spy and Counterspy. New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1940. London: Harrap, 1941.

According to Constantinides, Voska ran a Czechoslovak-based counterintelligence organization in the United States prior to the U.S. entry into World War I. He placed his organization at the disposal of British intelligence, and after 1915 cooperated with the FBI as well. See also, Willert, The Road to Safety (1952).


Votaw, John F. United States Military Attaches, 1885-1919: The American Army Matures in the International Arena. PhD dissertation. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University, 1991. UB260V67

http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/RefBibs/intell/1900-39.htm: Includes a list of more than 200 attaches at pp. 235-241.


"Vulture." "Vulture's Row: Air Force Intelligence to Get a Three Star Leader." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 22, no. 1 (Jan. 2006): 17.

On 26 October 2005, "USAF Chief of Staff General T. Michael Moseley announced two major organizational changes.... [H]e will appoint a three-star officer to lead the intelligence field" and will "increase end-strength and stand up separate intelligence directorates in USAF Headquarters around the world." [emphasis in original]


"Vulture." "Vulture's Row: Aussie Eyes Are Smiling." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 22, no. 1 (Jan. 2006): 16.

Australian Prime Minister Howard had concluded a new agreement with the United States on intelligence sharing. The "arrangement reportedly grants Canberra access to all levels of raw US intelligence, assessments and real-time operational information for planning." [emphasis in original]


Vyborny, Lee, and Don Davis. Dark Waters: An Insider’s Account of the NR-1, the Cold War’s Undercover Nuclear Sub. New York: New American Library, 2003.

Murray, NWCR 56.4, notes that "Vyborny was a new-construction plank-owner and member of the first commissioning crew of the U.S. Navy's small nuclear-powered submarine NR-1.... Overall, the book well rewards its readers, but unevenly." The authors' depiction of the routine when operating NR-1 is "masterful." But, "[a]s good as their depictions of the ordinary are, Vyborny and David convey the dangers of NR-1's unusual and exceptional missions and experiences in a less forceful and riveting manner." Nonetheless, this "insider account of how NR-1's first crews built and operated their ship fully pays back the reader's investment."


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