The Secret War Against Sweden: US and British Submarine Deception in the 1980s

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Psychology Press, 2004 - History - 358 pages
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Following the stranding of a Soviet Whiskey-class submarine in 1981 on the Swedish archipelago, a series of massive submarine intrusions took place within Swedish waters.

However, the evidence for these appears to have been manipulated or simply invented. Classified documents and interviews point to covert Western, rather than Soviet activity. This is backed up by former US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, who stated that Western "testing" operations were carried out regularly in Swedish waters. Royal Navy submarine captains have also admitted to top-secret operations.

Ola Tunander's revelations make it clear that the United States and Britain ran a "secret war" in Swedish waters. The number of Swedes perceiving the Soviet Union as a direct threat increased from 5-10 per cent in 1980 to 45 per cent in 1983. This Anglo-American "secret war" was aimed at exerting political influence over Sweden. It was a risky enterprise, but perhaps the most successful covert operation of the entire Cold War.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Background Operation NOTVARP
16
The Harsfjarden Hunt A War Diary
28
Reflections after the Submarine Hunt
125
Manipulation of Government Policy
191
The National Origin of the Harsfjarden Submarine
229
Submarine Ghosts and Psychological Warfare Against Sweden
283
Sources Archival Material and Interviews
315
Interview with Caspar Weinberger
325
Swedish Naval Forces Mentioned in Chapter 3
330
References
333
Index
351
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