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Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln
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Nazi Germany, Third Reich, Gestapo, Second World War, Intelligence History, Espionage, War, Spies, Secret Agents, Intelligence Operatives, Nazi Policing
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About Me

Dr Claire Hubbard-Hall specializes in the Third Reich with a particular focus on the Gestapo, and Second World War Intelligence History. Her doctoral research (University of Hull) on the Gestapo Spy Network 1933-45 addressed the debate concerning the nature of policing in Nazi Germany, which provided evidence that there was a regular presence of paid informers alongside denouncers, reinforcing the proactive nature of the Gestapo in repressing dissent. This is the subject of her first monograph which is currently in preparation.

She is currently working on a number of Second World War intelligence projects which include a history of Section V (SIS/MI6) and a biography of a failed German spy in wartime America. Claire is developing her work more broadly on wartime British and German spies considering the archival record through social and cultural lenses to address issues of secret agency, experience and space.

Dr Hubbard-Hall is a recent recipient of a Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London for a pilot research project examining ‘SOE Spy Clothing: Dress & Deception during the Second World War’ which will commence in September 2019.

Recent Publications


Hitler’s Secret Agents: The Gestapo Spy Network, 1933-45 is currently in preparation.

Book Chapters

2010, ‘A Game of Cat and Mouse: The Gestapo Spy Network in Tomaschow, Poland’ in Shepherd, B and Pattinson, J (eds.) War in a Twilight World: Partisan and Anti-partisan Warfare in Eastern Europe, 1939-1945. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.156-177.

2010, ‘Where does “Evil” sit in the Classroom? Problematizing Teaching about Hitler, Nasty Nazis and the Holocaust’ in Abbenhuis, M and Buttsworth, S (eds.) Monsters in the Mirror: Representations of Nazism in Post-War Popular Culture, Westport CT: Praeger, pp.227-250.

Journal articles

2015, ‘The Nazi Intelligence Matrix: The Gestapo outside of Germany, 1939-45’, Global War Studies vol.12 no.1. Special edited volume on ‘Intelligence & Irregular Warfare’ edited by Duane C. Young & Kristina A. Young, pp.12-37.

2009, ‘An Army of Spies? The Gestapo Spy Network 1933-1945’, Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 44 no.2, pp.247-265. [Awarded the George L. Mosse prize for the best article published in the journal 2009 by a previously unpublished author]


2017, ‘Surveillance: Nazi Germany’. The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives. (ed.) Paul Joseph. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Inc.

2016, ‘Spies’. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security and Privacy. (ed.) Paul Joseph & J. Geffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Inc.

2016, ‘Totalitarian Surveillance Societies’. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security and Privacy. (ed.) Paul Joseph & J. Geffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Inc.

2016, ‘The spy who never spied: a journey into the shadowlands of secret warfare during the Second World War’. The Historian issue 132, pp.31-35.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom, Germany, America.
Expertise by Geography
England, Germany, North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Holocaust & Nazi Persecution, Military, Women, World War II