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Western Intelligence and Covert Soviet Military Aid to Indonesia During the 1962 West New Guinea Crisis.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives on Military Intelligence from the First World War to Mali
EditorsFloribert Baudet, Eleni Braat, Jeoffrey Van Woensel, Aad Wever
Place of PublicationThe Hague
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978-94-6265-182-1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2017

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This chapter assesses the performance of Western intelligence services against the Soviet target in the 1962 West New Guinea Crisis. During this crisis the Soviet Union secretly supplied Indonesia with Soviet-manned submarines and bombers and was prepared for these units to participate in an Indonesian attack against the Dutch military in West New Guinea. American and British intelligence managed to detect the deployment of the Soviet force and obtained some indications that they would be used in support of an Indonesian attack. However, while the Americans and British had good military intelligence they had insufficient political and diplomatic intelligence and therefore could not discover the motivations behind the Soviet deployment.

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