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Espionage Manual 17 - Communist Spy Chief
Red Orchestra’s Birth
173 pages, 13 chapters and 3 appendixes
Espionage Manual #17 - Communist Spy Chief is an e-book that describes how communist
spy chiefs organized, formed and managed their spy webs of agents, sources, radio
operators, couriers, dead letter boxes, and security. Ostensibly, the Communist Spy Chief’s
primary responsibility was to ensure that in the process of gathering information, his minions
observed the rules of Soviet tradecraft. The focus of Espionage Manual #17 - Communist
Spy Chief is on the Soviet “Grand Chef,” leader of the Rote Kapelle or Red Orchestra.
The e-book describes how Trepper thought, lived, and practiced the effective communist rules
of conspiracy. Such methodology is as useful today as it was in the tumultuous days of Soviet
espionage. Nearly every book published about spying and spy handlers, in America, is written
by amateurs; researchers who simply describe activities and events. In such books, the reader
learns nothing about how to handle spies. Espionage Manual #17 - Communist Spy Chief
focuses upon the how-to, and takes the reader into the communist spy world where the
communist spy chiefs lived in erotic splendor in expensive hotel rooms staffed by lusty
mistresses. Yet, Trepper’s Rote Kapelle organization of communist spies was sometimes
overwhelmed by its own debauchery and the horny loyalty of sex-crazed Russkis to the point that
tradecraft went “a-begging”.
The reader will learn how those trusted communist spy chiefs earned their money and special
privileges. In fact, most Soviet agents led fun-filled lives, and most lived in luxury with their own
mistress. What you will read in Espionage Manual #17 - Communist Spy Chief will shock you
because the truth in those pages is far more interesting than the bland narratives which purport
to describe spying and tradecraft as a chronology of mysterious happenings.
“As a result of the successful German defeat of the western allies in May/June 1940, Moscow's spy webs were
confronted by the sudden infusion of German troops and intelligence personnel into the former sanctuaries of
France and Belgium. The hunted and the hunters were now next-door neighbors. In Brussels, for instance, the
Abwehr office tracking down Rote Kapelle was in the same building as the head office of one of Trepper's cover-
firms, separated literally only by a wall.
German military operations on the French Channel coast made it clear to Trepper that he must change his
operational profile quickly. Makarov's raincoat business in Ostend was destroyed by a German bomb, and Trepper
could count himself lucky that he had previously ordered Makarov to conceal his radio set in Knokke-le-Zoute, east
of Ostend. However, Makarov was so shaken that he refused to leave the arms of his mistress, the wife of Guillaume
Hoorickx, the artist, and was most unwilling to obey Trepper's order to bring the set to Brussels.
Trepper had to go to Knokke himself and obtain the radio set. In the process he forced his way through the
advancing German tanks. He dressed Makarov down and threatened to send him back to Russia the next time he
disobeyed orders. The threat was not very seriously meant, however. The "Grand Chef" now needed every one of
Excerpt from Espionage Manual #17 - Communist Spy Chief
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