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On the Front Lines of the Cold War: Documents on the Intelligence War in Berlin, 1946 to 1961

Official release of more than 90 documents produced over the years immediately after WW II through 1961, when the Berlin Wall was erected.


The material on this site produced by CIA’s History Staff in 1999 is presented in seven parts after this introduction, which includes the full table of contents, list of documents produced in the now out-of-print book, and glossary of abbreviations and acronyms.

Part I: The Opening of the Intelligence War (11 Documents)

Part II: The March Crisis and the Berlin Airlift (19 documents)

Part III: June 1953 after the death of Stalin (4 documents)

Part IV: Alltagsgeschichte: Day to Day in the Intelligence War (14 documents)

Part V: The Berlin Tunnel (8 documents)

Part VI: The Berlin Crisis (20 documents)

Part VII: The Wall (15 documents)

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