Smyth(e)

 

Smyth, Denis. "Les Chevaliers de Saint-George: la Grande-Bretagne et la corruption des généraux espagnols (1940-1942)." Guerres mondiales et conflits contemporains 162 (1991): 29-54.

[UK/WWII/Spain]

Smyth, Denis. Deathly Deception: The Real Story of Operation Mincemeat. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Peake, Studies 54.4 (Dec. 2010), and Intelligencer 18.2 (Winter-Spring 2011), finds that the author presents "new details" in this "important, well-written, and soundly documented history of Operation Mincemeat." Nevertheless, "[f]or the most complete story, however, Macintyre [Operation Mincemeat (2010)] should also be consulted." For Ausberry, Military Review (Jan.-Feb. 2011), this "is a captivating book." The author "narrates the story of the operation in its entirety while simultaneously describing the essential role that British intelligence played in scrutinizing the particulars of the plan." See also, Ewen E.S. Montagu, The Man Who Never Was (1953).

[WWII/Eur/Deception]

Smyth, Denis. Diplomacy and Strategy of Survival: British Policy and Franco's Spain, 1940-41. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

From advertisement: This work analyses "Britain's diplomatic efforts to preserve the non-belligerency of Franco's Spain, during the period from late 1940 to the end of 1941." The author makes "extensive use of recently available British and Spanish documentary records," and "explains how Britain's uphill struggle to secure Spanish non-belligerency had been rewarded with success by December 1940."

[UK/WWII/Spain]

Smyth, Denis. "Screening 'Torch': Allied Counter-Intelligence and the Spanish Threat to the Secrecy of the Allied Invasion of French North Africa in November 1942." Intelligence and National Security 4, no. 2 (Apr. 1989): 335-356.

"The Anglo-American counter-intelligence and security services ... managed to keep the Spaniards in the dark about Torch for as long as secrecy ... matter[ed]."

[UK/WWII/NAfME & Spain][c]

Smyth, Frank. "Still Seeing Red: The CIA Fosters Death Squads in Columbia." Progressive, Jun. 1998, 23-26.

Being of the mindset that outrage does not replace research, two errors of fact in the first 13 lines of this article provide sufficient evidence of the author's lack of knowledge about his subject for this reader to abandon this piece: (a) "...in the basement of its Directorate of Operations headquarters in Langley..."; and (b) "the agency is seeking a new purpose to justify its $26.7 billion annual subsidy."

[CIA/Accusations/Drugs]

Smyth, Howard McGaw. "The Ciano Papers: Rose Garden." Studies in Intelligence 13, no. 2 (Spring 1969): 1-63.

The author provides substantial detail in telling the story of how the remarkable documents that were Ciano's diaries and supporting papers made their way into American hands.

[WWII/Eur/Italy; WWII/OSS/Gen]

Smythe, Donald. "The Ruse at Belfort." Army Magazine 22, no. 6 (1972): 34-38. [Petersen]

[WWI/U.S./General]

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