'Panagiotis Dimitrakis covered, in a most satisfactory manner, the ground of archival evidence available to researchers, mostly at the National Archives of the United Kingdom.'



['The Gernan Secret Services
in Greece of Interwar and Occupation (1937-1945)']

(Athens: Enalios, 2009)


The German secret services expanded their espionage networks in Greece well before the occupation that commenced in April 1941 after the invasion of the Wehrmacht. This special study focuses on contemporary German and British intelligence documents narrating the secret operations of Hitler's spies and their Greek collaborators and ultra-right paramilitary fighters. Special emphasis is given to war crimes, espionage and intrigue in occupied Greece as well as the complicity of the Greek police secret services that co-operated with the Nazi spying machine. The secret Nazi-Greek collaboration in intelligence commenced in 1937 when the Greek police shared with the Gestapo representatives in Athens a communist secret code. During the occupation the Germans benefited from the keen anti-communist, ultra-right wing Special Security agency of the Greek police; in addition, the formation of Greek Security Battalions provided the Wehrmacht with manpower and local knowledge to fight the resistance groups. The author also reveals for the first time the secret contact of the SOE and Gestapo in Athens in 1943. Captain Stott of the SOE held talks with German officials who wanted to make the first step towards an Anglo-German secret alliance against the communist guerillas in Greece. No agreement was reached but it is still striking the ease of secret communications between sworn enemies, the Gestapo and the SOE. It becomes clear though that despite multiple secret sources amongst the guerilla groups and cruel methods of interrogation and shootings of civilian hostages, the Nazi secret services failed to establish safe areas for the occupation forces. Eventually they had to ask the guerillas for safe passage when they withdrew from the country in October 1944. This study discloses the secret negotiations of the Wehrmacht and the Greek resistance for a peaceful disengagement as well as the German spy missions in liberated Greece in 1945.

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['Secret Operations in Asia Minor- The Secret War of Greek and British Intelligence Services for Anatolia, 1919-1923']

(Athens: Communications, 2005)


greekmilitaryThe story of the Greek campaign in Asia Minor has been the subject of numerous books in Greek. However, no researcher attempted to enter the shadow world of espionage and intelligence, documenting secret operations and identifying Turkish spies that helped Greek and British intelligence. New research based on decrypts of British signals intelligence that spied on Greek and Turkish diplomatic and military traffic discloses stories of forgotten spies and the value of intelligence gathering in the campaign decision making. For the first time it is revealed that Turkish nationalist officers planned to assassinate King Constantine I of Greece and General Anastasios Hajianestis the supreme commander in Asia Minor. The true role of Aristotle Stergiadis, the controversial governor of Smyrna is reconstructed piece by piece. Secret Operations in Asia Minor is a special study combining unpublished Greek and British military archives.

Note. The US Library of Congress has catalogued this book under the name 'Panagiotes Demetrakes'.

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