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British Scientific Intelligence during the Second World War: Preparing for Hitler's Secret Weapons

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Throughout the Second World War German military scientists worked tirelessly to create a weapons program that would avenge Allied bombing of the homeland. The result was the infamous V1 and V2 bombs that struck fear into the civilian population of Southern England. Although the story of how Britain prepared for Hitler’s ‘vengeance’ campaign has been widely documented, the role played by secret intelligence reports has yet to be told. Turning to primary sources from the Danish National Archive, we can thus gain a greater understanding of how Allied war planners prepared for Hitler’s final attempt to turn the war in Germany’s favor and more fully explore the importance of secret intelligence for national security.

This talk is part of the Violence and Conflict Graduate Workshop, Faculty of History series.

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