The following two-and-a-half hour BBC documentary may not be of the best visual quality, but is nonetheless vital viewing for anyone wanting to understand how Europe was clandestinely “rebuilt” from the ashes of the Second World War in preparation for the Cold War. The film’s findings are particularly pertinent in light of recent events in Paris and Belgium, showing the brutal lengths to which the allied powers (the U.S., UK and NATO) would go in order to maintain their grip on the power structures of the newly liberated old continent.
The film exhaustively documents how the secret services of the allied victors, led by the OSS (the forerunner to the Central Intelligence Agency), deployed fascist and other far-right groups that had collaborated with Hitler (what they termed “stay-behinds”) to build secret networks of spies and agents to fight against communist or other left-wing movements in Cold-War Europe.
As Vincenzo Vinciguerra…
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