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British Intelligence in the Second World War

Hinsley, F. H.

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ISBN 10: 0521443040 / ISBN 13: 9780521443043
Published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England, 1993
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Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. xiii, [1], 628 p. Endpaper map. Maps (fold-out) Footnotes. Index. British Intelligence in the Second World War provides the only reliable account yet published of the key role played by British Intelligence in Allied strategy and operations in the Second World War. No such account could have been written without the unrestricted access that was afforded to Professor Hinsley and his colleagues to the full range of British government intelligence records and to political and military archives of the war and the interwar years. This volume, an abridgement of Professor Hinsley's widely acclaimed five-volume history of British Intelligence, covers in fascinating detail the use of intelligence in all aspects of the war in Europe. From Wikipedia: "Sir Francis Harry Hinsley OBE (26 November 1918 16 February 1998) was an English historian and cryptanalyst. He worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War and wrote widely on the history of international relations and British Intelligence during the Second World War. He was known as Harry Hinsley. Hinsley was the son of a miner. His mother Emma Hinsley (nee Adey) was a school caretaker, and they lived in Birchills, then in the parish of Bloxwich, Walsall. Harry was educated at Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall, and in 1937 won a scholarship to study history at St. John's College, Cambridge. In October 1939, while still studying at St. John's, he was summoned to an interview with Alastair Denniston, head of the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), and was thereby recruited to Bletchley Park's naval section in Hut 4. At Bletchley Park, Hinsley studied the external characteristics of intercepted German messages, a process sometimes termed "traffic analysis": from call signs, frequencies, times of interception and so forth, he was able to deduce a great deal of information about the structure of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine's communication networks, and even about the structure of the German navy itself. Hinsley helped initiate a program of seizing Enigma machines and keys from German weather ships, such as the Lauenburg, thereby facilitating Bletchley Park's resumption of interrupted breaking of German Naval Enigma. In late 1943, Hinsley was sent to liaise with the US Navy in Washington, with the result that an agreement was reached in January 1944 to co-operate in exchanging results on Japanese Naval signals Towards the end of the war, Hinsley, by then a key aide to Bletchley Park chief Edward Travis, was part of a committee which argued for a post-war intelligence agency that would combine both signals intelligence and human intelligence in a single organisation. In the event, the opposite occurred, with GC&CS becoming GCHQ. On 6 April 1946, Hinsley married Hilary Brett-Smith who had also worked at Bletchley Park, in Hut 8. Hinsley was awarded the OBE in 1946, and was knighted in 1985. After the war, Hinsley returned to St John's College and lectured in history, being in 1969 appointed Professor of the History of International Relations. From 1979 to 1989 he was Master of St John's College and from 1981 to 1983 he was vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge. Hinsley edited the multi-volume official history British Intelligence in the Second World War, and argued that Enigma decryption had speeded Allied victory by 1 4 years while not fundamentally altering the war's outcome. He was criticised by Marian Rejewski and Gordon Welchman, who took exception to inaccuracies in Hinsley's accounts of the history of Enigma decryption in the early volumes of his official history, including crucial errors in chronology. Subsequently a revised account of the Polish, French and British contribution was included in volume 3, part 2." Abridged Version--presumed first printing thus. Bookseller Inventory # 69091

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Title: British Intelligence in the Second World War

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

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Edition: 1st Edition

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^IBritish Intelligence in the Second World War^R provides the only reliable account yet published of the key role played by British Intelligence in Allied strategy and operations in the Second World War. No such account could have been written without the unrestricted access that was afforded to Professor Hinsley and his colleagues to the full range of British government intelligence records and to political and military archives of the war and the interwar years. This volume, an abridgement of Professor Hinsley's widely acclaimed five-volume history of British Intelligence, covers in fascinating detail the use of intelligence in all aspects of the war in Europe.

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"This book is essential for a full nderstanding of the rtole of British Intelligence in the war and its influence on strategy and operations." The Cryptogram

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