SS-Major Horst Kopkow

From the Gestapo to British Intelligence

Stephen Tyas

The story of Gestapo officer Horst Kopkow, who was responsible for coordinating the tracking down of all British and Soviet parachute agents in Europe. He was directly implicated in the concentration camp murders of several hundred agents. Despite this, Kopkow was a consultant with Britain's Secret Intelligence Service for 20 years after the war.
Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
black and white photographs
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781555989
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock


On 27 May 1942, SS General Reinhard Heydrich was assassinated by British-trained Czech agents who had parachuted into Czechoslovakia. He died of his wounds on 4 June 1942. Two days later, Gestapo Captain Horst Kopkow’s department at Reich National Security HQ was given fresh directions. From 6 June 1942 until the end of the war, Kopkow was responsible for coordinating the fight against Soviet and British parachute agents dropped anywhere in Germany or German-occupied territories. This new direction for Kopkow made his name. Within months the “Rote Kapelle” Soviet espionage ring was uncovered in Belgium, who could be traced directly to Berlin and Paris. A new counterespionage fight had begun, and any agents caught would pay with their lives. In France and Holland the Gestapo caught many Special Operations Executive agents trained in Britain. By spring 1944 almost 150 British agents had been caught and deported to German concentration camps, and almost all had been murdered without trial by the December. Kopkow was directly involved in these murders. Arrested by British forces after the war, Kopkow was extensively interrogated due to his counterespionage experience. For the next 20 years, Kopkow was a consultant for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service.

About The Author

Stephen Tyas is a former businessman now freelance researcher and historian. He has written numerous articles about Nazi security service operations in Eastern Europe and the Holocaust. He regularly participates in workshops and symposiums to discuss his research. His first book, ‘Himmler’s Diary 1945’, written jointly with the German historian Peter Witte, was extensively researched over 6 years.

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