Intelligence Images from the Eastern Front

Roy M Stanley

* Unique collection of captured German images.

* Used by the Germans in WW2 and the Allies during the Cold War.

* The War on the Eastern Front as never seen before.

* Fascinating imagery including many air photos and action pictures.

* Latest in the successful ‘Looking Down on War' series.
Date Published :
March 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Looking Down On War
Illustration :
400 b&w images
No associated books available.


Despite the Luftwaffe being ordered to destroy millions of aerial photos in 1945, the Allies found no less than twenty tons of photos in eleven locations, including a hoard in a Bavarian barn.  These together with vast numbers of photographs taken by German soldiers used for Intelligence analysis were put into classified Allied Intelligence files at a time when USAAF and RAF imagery was being destroyed. Covering Iron Curtain countries they were valuable for cartography and target intelligence during the Cold War.

The captured German imagery (called GX) in this book show what the German Army knew about the Soviet Union before and during Operation Barbarossa.  Examples show Eastern Front landforms, key cities such as Stalingrad, Moscow, Sevastopol, Leningrad and factories. They are accompanied by helpful comments from a skilled photo interpreter.

This unique and diverse collection, some taken from 28,000 feet overhead, others taken by soldiers on the ground, reveal the war on the Eastern Front as it has never been seen before.

About The Author

Colonel Roy Stanley II, USAF (retired), became an Aerial Photo Interpreter in 1959 and went on to assignments with the Defence Intelligence Agency, the Air Staff and in Japan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Now retired after 27 years’ service, he lives near Fredericksburg, Virginia. This is his sixth book. V Weapons Hunt, Axis Warships, The Normandy Invasion June 1946 and Evolution of Airborne Operations are in print with Pen and Sword Books under the Looking Down on War Series.

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