Obituary: Brigadier Michael Harbottle
Wednesday 28 May 1997
In September 1984, the former Foreign Office ministers Lord Chalfont and Sir Peter Blaker, together with myself, published the results of our detailed research into the group.
Without the protection of parliamentary privilege, we described Generals for Peace as "intimately linked with the World Peace Council and other organs of the Soviet propaganda machine". For example, the key figure behind its formation and co-ordination was Dr Gerhard Kade - a very senior cog in the Soviet "peace" machine - and half of its founder members belonged to the notorious World Peace Council.
None of us received so much as a solicitor's letter from Brigadier Harbottle, despite our statement that there was "a series of direct links running from the Generals for Peace at the bottom to the Politburo at the top" (Daily Telegraph, 25 September 1984).
It was almost a decade later that the Independent itself published an account (26 April 1994) confirming our claims from the far side of the Cold War divide. You reported that, according to Gunther Bohnsack - who spent 26 years in the Active Measures Department of East German intelligence - "Generals for Peace was conceived, organised and financed by the Stasi . . . This created a real power that was in line with Moscow's ideas . . . and we always controlled this through our intelligence services in Moscow and East Berlin."
To those of us who recalled the Generals' launch of a three-hour film about themselves in 1986, in the presence of that "champion of peace" Erich Honecker, the role of the Stasi in orchestrating their group came as no surprise at all.
International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
International Women’s Day: 'When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch' - feminist quotes from female icons to inspire you
International Women's Day 2014: Cherie Blair - ‘Today is a chance to see how far we still have to go’
Dead woman's body found sitting in a car after six years after direct debits ran $54,000 bank account dry
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
White people become less racist just by moving to more diverse areas, study finds
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 3 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
- 4 Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role because late wife Natasha Richardson said she wouldn't marry him if he took it
- 5 Dead woman's body found sitting in a car after six years after direct debits ran $54,000 bank account dry
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: A small but growing chain of boutique hot...
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: The company works with Tier 1 FTSE 100 Ba...
£45 - 60k Per Annum: Charter Selection: Highly profitable leisure brand, marke...
£30000 - £50000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Residenti...