Secrets and Lies in Vietnam: Spies, Intelligence and Covert Operations in the Vietnam Wars

Secrets and Lies in Vietnam: Spies, Intelligence and Covert Operations in the Vietnam Wars

by Panagiotis Dimitrakis


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The Vietnam War lasted twenty years, and was the USA's greatest military failure. An attempt to stem the spread of Soviet and Chinese influence, the conflict in practice created a chaotic state torn apart by espionage, terrorism and guerilla warfare. American troops quickly became embroiled in jungle warfare and knowledge of the other side's troop movements, communication lines, fighting techniques and strategy became crucial. Panagiotis Dimitrakis uncovers this battle for intelligence and tells the story of the Vietnam War through the newly available British, American and French sources - including declassified material. In doing so he dissects the limitations of the CIA, the NSA, the MI6 and the French intelligence- the SDECE- in gathering actionable intelligence. Dimitrakis also shows how the Vietminh under Ho Chi Minh established their own secret services; how their high grade moles infiltrated the US and French military echelons and the government of South Vietnam, and how Hanoi's intelligence apparatus eventually suffered seriously from 'spies amongst us' paranoia. In doing so he enhances our understanding of the war that came to define its era.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350153165
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/20/2020
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Panagiotis Dimitrakis holds a doctorate in War Studies from King's College London, and is an expert on intelligence and military history. He is the author of The Secret War in Afghanistan (I.B.Tauris, 2013), and Military Intelligence in Cyprus: From the Great War to Middle East Crises (I.B.Tauris, 2010) amongst others.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations vi

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction: The Killing Maze 1

1 Our Man in Hanoi 16

2 French Intelligence at War 36

3 With Extreme Prejudice 56

4 Spymasters' Fear 73

5 The Colonel and the Mole 93

6 Secret Sources and Double Cross 118

7 The Spy and the Coup 141

8 Distortions and Escalation 172

9 Molehunt and Spies in the Viet Cong 191

10 Ms Daphne Park, MI6 and Soviet Espionage 212

11 The Double Agent Games of the White House 224

12 Desperate Spies of the Falling Domino 237

Aftermath: US Intelligence and the Sino-Vietnamese War 256

Notes 264

Bibliography 298

Index 305

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