Catalogue description Erich PFEIFFER: a senior Abwehr officer [Naval Intelligence], whose career spanned the...

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Erich PFEIFFER: a senior Abwehr officer [Naval Intelligence], whose career spanned the 1930s & 1940s. Before The Second World War he was in charge of a number of successful espionage operations against France including an important case in the French Navy involving Marc AUBERT, who supplied Germany with vital naval intelligence, and against the USA, where a network of agents provided information on naval and air construction and even hatched a plan to kidnap an American officer with access to important documents; this operation ended in 1938 with the arrest of most of the agents in a blaze of publicity. PFEIFFER also controlled a number of 'visiting' agents to Britain who reported on naval targets and British industry. During The Second World War PFEIFFER commanded a Maritime Kommando unit for the Abwehr which gathered and disseminated intelligence gained from abandoned Allied naval equipment and documents. Later PHEIFFER was based in Bremen and Istanbul.

Note: With 3 photographs, 1 very detailed Camp 020 interrogation report and PFEIFFER'S ISOS intercepts.
Date: 1938 Jul 18-1946 Jun 27
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: PF 46969
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Access conditions: Open on Transfer
Record opening date: 10 November 2000

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