Academic journal article International Journal of Turkish Studies

Military Intelligence in Cyprus: From the Great War to Middle East Crises

Academic journal article International Journal of Turkish Studies

Military Intelligence in Cyprus: From the Great War to Middle East Crises

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PANAGIOTIS DIMITRAKIS, Military Intelligence in Cyprus: From the Great War to Middle East Crises, (London, New York: I.B.Tauris, 2010), Pp. 223, £56.00 cloth

This book covers the period from the First World War through the Turkish military intervention in 1974, making extensive use of British archives and of American published archival material. It is not just a study of the intelligence organizations, but a detailed account of the working and effectiveness of, mainly British, intelligence in important events in the history of the island, with some emphasis on the Greek Cypriot struggle for independence led by ex-Colonel Grivas. In this respect it is an illuminating account of how to develop guerrilla warfare and how to counter it. The major problem for British intelligence in Cyprus was that it was short of its own Greek and Turkish speakers and did not know whom to trust. Doubt is cast on the British claim that in February1959 Grivas was cornered and could have been seized just when, at the Lancaster House Conference, the treaties giving effect to the Zurich and London Agreements were being signed. …

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