ENIGMA 2000 Newsletter - Issue 31

November 2005
Articles, newsreports and Items of interest :enigma2000-owner@yahoogroups.com

Morse stations | Voice stations | Oddities | Polytones
Beginners corner | German branch | Numbers predictions
Confirmed end user of number transmissions
Verwaltung Aufklärung | E10 schedule research
HJH's watch | Secret service on the short wave | Killing of Colonel Callan
News Items | Web sites | Contribution deadlines
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Confirmed end user of number transmissions from East Germany

Before we move onto anything else we take pleasure in providing you with details of professional Number Station users:

Military Attaches [MAs] were stationed in all the nations in which the East Germans had an Embassy. Thus they had NO MA in West Germany, as the West Germans (BRD Bundesrepublik Deutschland) did not recognise the government of East Germany. These MAs are known to have been the recipients of encrypted messages sent by means of 5 figure number groups.

Question posted by Volker (Abbreviated)

What were the duties and tasking of the MAs in the various nations in which they were based?

Answer from ZAIG.

The work of the MAs in the respective host nations in my estimation, represents difficult terrain. They would be automatically assumed to be spies by the various Intelligence services of the various host nations in which they were stationed. This fact alone meant that they would be under constant surveillance by the respective intelligence services of whichever nation they were based, especially if that nation were a NATO member. As a result, the various tasks of the MAs had to be carried out covertly.

This fact alone meant that the work of the MAs was not of high a quality as that of the “illegal” operatives. The work of the MA would tend to be in the nature of building up networks of trusted informants and trusted contact persons (In German, there is an expression “Vertrauensleute”. This means literally “trusted People” and is difficult to translate but can be taken to mean a reliable source and trustworthy. Gary). The MA would also evaluate official scripts and press releases and trade literature.

On the diplomatic front, these MAs may have unearthed one or more further important pieces of information. These were also important pieces in the military/political world picture that was being assembled in the OBERSPREESTRASSE.(Intelligence HQ) The results had to be evaluated by the Information Service, which was, for many years, led by Major General Alexander KAVIN and afterwards by Lieutenant General Kurt GOTTWALD. This information is my personal assessment of the MAs tasks and duties (See source details).

SOURCE: - SEAMAN

The fact that these MAs apparently were attached to the “Secret Service” automatically put them in the cross hairs of the secret services of the opposition. The same applied to their immediate collaborators who were in military service. (E.g. drivers) In addition, the BND targeted for defection attempts GDR MAs.

SOURCE:_ ZAIG

Recorded attempts at inducing DDR citizens to defect. It is certain that such attempts were often made against DDR citizens who were on foreign territory, and that members of the various armed State organisations were of special interest. These organisations were, both at home and abroad, always of the greatest interest to the BND.

In the area of MAs, the case of Jura HOFFMANN springs to mind. Army General Heinz HOFFMANN was, shortly after the death of his father, offered 1.000,000 DM by the BND as an inducement to defect.

Or again, the case of Ensign BOS, at the time an assistant to the MA in Poland, Lt. Col. Horst GODEHARD. These are concrete examples with which the Apparatus of the Military AttachĂ©’s Division had to deal.

But, if one is interested in numbers, here are some: The MfS annually recorded 20 to 30 attempts at defection inducement against DDR citizens world wide, all of which were attempted by the BND.

SOURCE: SEAMAN

It is certain that Jura HOFFMANN was the best known of the attempts at inducement to defect, but there were also many others which were aimed at embassy staff, overseas cadre, and security related personnel, who appeared to be involved in Intelligence for an Eastern Bloc Intelligence Service.(E.g. Military Intelligence). Nor should it be forgotten that there were many embassies and consulates in the newly opened DDR/BRD in the world of UNO recognition—military missions perceived to be undertaken by accredited civilian personnel.

A quote from SVEN 10 “Numbers do not always tell everything about the intensity of the confrontations between secret services.

SOURCE:- ZAIG.

To:- SVEN10.

As your interest in numbers is unbroken, I will satisfy your thirst for knowledge a little. Please do not ask for my source, just accept the numbers and believe me.

I deal only with the 2nd Directorate.(Haii) and only with the MAs and those in that immediate circle.

In the year 1986 there were 75 known attacks in this area. In the year 1987, there were “only”32. Underestimation and the non-reporting of such occurrences can explain the decrease. And now for our friend the statistician, the breakdown of these 32 Intelligence Service related attacks on the Haii.(2nd Dir).

Different acts were targeted at one person.

[tnx HJH]


Morse stations | Voice stations | Oddities | Polytones
Beginners corner | German branch | Numbers predictions
Confirmed end user of number transmissions
Verwaltung Aufklärung | E10 schedule research
HJH's watch | Secret service on the short wave | Killing of Colonel Callan
News Items | Web sites | Contribution deadlines
Index | E2K NL Home

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