Six decades after the end of the Second World War, more than 35 years since the publication of The Ultra Secret, and 20 years since the end of the cold war, the secrets of TICOM are finally leaking out.
This 1945 operation to capture the cryptologic secrets of Nazi Germany was so sensitive that no hints of it were published in the open literature until 1986, when author Thomas Parrish published an account in The Ultra Americans. But no official documentation was released until recently when the NSA finally began to declassify what author James Bamford labeled “…the last great secret of World War II.”
· ‘The Targets’ provides essays over viewing the six German intelligence agencies that were hunted, captured, and exploited by TICOM. Each of the target essays also include a Related Reports link at the bottom of the page that lists the hundreds of intelligence reports that were referenced in TICOM’s own research As these reports are released and acquired, they will be posted on this page.
· ‘The Teams’ provides a brief description (including personnel rosters) of each of the six TICOM teams that were sent into Germany during the collapse of the Third Reich. Links to their official team reports are at the foot of each essay.
· ‘Case Studies’ provides information on some of the more interesting, and historically important, aspects of the TICOM operation.
The most mysterious aspect of this operation is why it was secret for so long? This website is dedicated to exploring that question and to make the formerly classified documents accessible to the public. It is a work in progress, new essays and documents will be added to the TICOM Archive as they are discovered.
Thomas Parrish, The Ultra Americans. New York: Stein and Day, 1986. Chapter 14: "The Russian FIsh", p.271 - 284.
James Bamford, Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency. New York: Anchor Books, 2001
Chapter 2: "Sweat", p.7 - 21.
All documents are in the public domain. All other original material Copyright © 2011 by Randy Rezabek