The Mysterious Herr Gehlen

Joesten, Joachim
October 1954
New Republic;10/4/54, Vol. 131 Issue 14, p11
This article profiles General Reinhard Gehlen. Gehlen, who is now about 55 years old, is the lone survivor of a famous galaxy of German intelligence aces active during the last war. A professional soldier since he first was able to carry a rifle. General Reinhard Gehlen by and large has managed to steer clear of any political involvement. He was a Nazi, but not a particularly conspicuous or rabid one. At the outbreak of the World War II, Gehlen had the rank of colonel in the General Staff. A typical desk officer, he was satisfied to work hard in obscurity. Clear-headed and diligent, he gained a reputation as a master of organization, but he has never been noted for any bravery in the field. In this capacity, Gehlen directed all military intelligence and counter-espionage activities in the German occupied Eastern territories, the Soviet Union and the satellite states.


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