Miscellaneous indications of German Intelligence Service post-war plans for continued activity

  • Catalogue ref: KV3/418
  • Date: 01/11/1944 - 16/10/1949

This file encompasses many reports and assessments of the Sicherheitsdienst (SD), the Nazi Party's intelligence agency, and their largely ineffectual attempts to install a 'stay-behind' organisation in Europe for use behind Allied lines and, after the cessation of hostilities, to build a Fourth Reich. An interrogation report in the file suggests that the survivors of the German Intelligence Service were regrouping, reorganising their service and recruiting new agents. These included plans for a postwar Abwehr based in a powdered milk factory in Switzerland that had the 'ostensible purpose of feeding undernourished German children after the war'. They were planning the rebirth of Germany and were already beginning to work 'usefully'. The main purpose was to 'make the allies' post-war task as hard as possible' and to 'ferment distrust between Americans and Russians'. Various institutions would serve as a cover for agents including local tourist offices and libraries. The file contains a captured German directive on Guerilla Warfare dated April 1945, urging agents to work behind enemy lines in reconnaissance, espionage and sabotage.

File KV3/418 is available to view on Discovery.