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Cautious Beginnings

Canadian Foreign Intelligence, 1939-51

Kurt F. Jensen argues that Canada was a more active intelligence partner in the Second World War alliance than has previously been suggested. He describes Canada’s contributions to Allied intelligence before the war began, as well as the distinctly Canadian activities that started from that point. He reveals how the government created an intelligence organization during the war to aid Allied resources. This is a convincing portrait of a nation with an active role in Second World War intelligence gathering, one that continues to influence the architecture of its current capabilities.

252 pages

Table of Contents


1 Foreign Intelligence at the Beginning of the War

2 The Birth of the Examination Unit

3 Building Alliances

4 Canadian HUMINT Collection

5 The Mousetrap Operation, 1942-43

6 Canadian Intelligence at War

7 Planning for Postwar SIGINT

8 Postwar Intelligence Structures

9 The Postwar SIGINT Community




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