The Spying Game

The Spying Game

3 Episodes

During the Cold War, the superpowers mobilized thousands of spies and spotters to lift the enemy’s secrets. The three-part program The Spying Game takes a close look at this era of rising tensions between East and West.

Part 1 examines Germany’s role as battleground for countless spies — all acting as suppliers of intelligence for their masters in Washington or Moscow. In Part 2, the game of spies is in full swing. While western intelligence services shift their focus to East Germany as the Warsaw Pact’s major deployment zone, the KGB and Soviet military intelligence send their spies to reconnoitre NATO forces in the West. Part 3 reconstructs the events of autumn 1983: the Cold War is heading towards a dangerous crisis as NATO practices new procedures of nuclear release. Moscow’s secret services are on high alert.

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The Spying Game
  • Tales of the Cold War

    Episode 1

    Some just counted tanks, others stole blueprints for bombs. The Cold War was the battleground for thousands of spies and spotters. Even the Allied Military Missions in Germany doubled as covert observers in the spying game. Whether military observers, spies or traitors – they all acted as supplie...

  • Mission Behind the Iron Curtain

    Episode 2

    During the Cold War, tensions between East and West mount alarmingly. In consequence, western intelligence services shift their focus on East Germany as the Warsaw Pact’s major deployment zone.

    Nowhere else did western services get as close to Soviet military equipment. Their prime targets are m...

  • War in the Shadows

    Episode 3

    At the end of the 80s, the Soviet army is being universally modernized, observed closely by western military intelligence in East Germany.

    Weapons-scouts in the field are constantly on duty, as are agents in high command or in intelligence service stations, for instance in the autumn of 1983, as...