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Spying on Hitler's Army: The Secret Recordings

  • Drama
  • Documentary

Summary

Drama-documentary telling the story of a covert British intelligence operation to eavesdrop on the conversations of 10,000 German PoWs held in three stately homes rigged with recording devices. Having been kept secret for decades before being declassified, the officers' unguarded reminiscences and confessions are read by a cast of actors including Nicholas Farrell, Rupert Frazer and Peter Harding, revealing some of the worst horrors of the Second World War.

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Review

This eye-opening film reveals how, in the Second World War, British intelligence bugged stately homes where senior German prisoners of war were held in the hope of picking up war secrets.

So they hid bugs in light fittings, fireplaces and trees, all wired to a secret listening room. Sadly the recordings were destroyed, but transcripts reveal disillusionment among the officers, played here by actors, including Nicholas Farrell as the lugubrious General Von Thoma. “This is the tragedy of our history,” he says, “that we needed such a terrible lost war as this to come to our senses.”

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Credits

Cast

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Lord AberfeldyThomas Wheatley
Gen Von ThomaNicholas Farrell
Gen CruwellRupert Frazer
Gen SchliebenPeter Harding
Gen BruhnJack Fortune
Gen KittelDavid Barrass
Gen Von FelbertValentine Pelka
Gen Von CholtitzRichard Freeman
FriedGareth Kieran Jones
HarteltElliott Jordan
MinneurRafe Pugh
PffanbergerAlan Turkington

Crew

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Executive producerAdam Bullmore

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