History of military intelligence - period of the First Republic
After pensioning General Chalupa, Colonel of the General Staff Šimon Drgač was appointed to the post of Head of the HQ 2nd Department. His personality was characterized similarly to the one of Gen. Chalupa. During his presence in this post, he outlined modern organization and function form of the Department. This form remained to mid 30's. He defined authority relations among individual groups, embedded internal division of labor and high level of work to the whole Department.
The last head of the 2nd Department before the Munich Pact of 1938 was colonel of the General Staff František Hájek. He had a reputation of a chief, who does not make any mistake, because he is interested more in social events originating in his hierarchy position in the structure in the General Staff than in detail command of the Department. In that time, he relied on his deputy, Colonel of the General Staff František Moravec, who was the head of the search group at the same time. However, we cannot challenge the fact that Military Intelligence started cooperation with representatives of the Soviet intelligence service in Prague in 30's under the leadership of Col. Hajek and he was the first one, who started taking action in continuation of intelligence activities against Germany in case of war.
As the most dangerous, activities of German compulsory service forces being prepared for actions against Czechoslovakia were stated. The German espionage was considered to be the most risky as well, because Germany represented a powerful potential enemy even after its military defeat. Victorious great powers did not arrange passing on the secret archives of German Headquarters, which contained not only plans of postwar taking control over European countries, but also relevant intelligence information on spy networks built before and during the war. Therefore the German intelligence service could continue in activities of the networks, keep on the development and organize the intelligence activities against newly established countries of former Austria-Hungary. Irredentist and counter-state German organizations, movements and associations on the base of nationalistic ideas supported not only financially but also other ways the German Intelligence.