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Bletchley Park

By Michael Smith

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Around 100 people arrived at Bletchley in August 1939, but by the beginning of 1944 there were around 10,000 people from a wide range of backgrounds. Young women who had left school at 15 worked alongside senior academics and service officers with everyone treated as equals. To quote an American who worked there: "Their whole structure was one where you might readily find a major working under a lieutenant or a civilian, somewhat younger. Whoever was in charge was the person judged to be more effective at doing it. The result was an extraordinary group of people in an extraordinary organisation."This book gives a remarkable insight into life at the legendary code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park, where a team of code-breakers helped to win the Second World War by intercepted secret German messages. It reveals how they lived, worked and played, by focusing on the memories of the wide range of people who worked there.TOC: I: Moving Into Bletchley /II: Breaking Enigma /III: Naval Breakthrough /IV: Americans Arrive /V: Bletchley expands /VI: Creating Colossus /VI: Bletchley Inheritance /Suggested Reading /Places to visit /Index
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Moving across the world from Bletchley Park to Pearl Harbor and from Mombasa to Melbourne, THE EMPEROR'S CODES reveals - for the first time - how Japan's military codes were broken in a whirlwind race between American and British code breakers, explaining step-by-step how they accomplished their daunting task. Drawing on recently declassifiedf files, privileged access to secret official histories, and interviews with many of the personnel involved, Michael Smith provides an important new story detailing the extraordinary efforts that changed the course of WWII. Notes, Bibliography, Index. B&W photos. 323p.
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An account of the British spy whose job in Germany as Passport Officer in Berlin was a cover for his real role as M16 head of station. In his position, he was able to save thousands of Jews threatened by the Nazis. B&W photos.358p.
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A history of the elite U.S. Army special operations unit describes their organization after the failed hostage rescue attempt in 1980 and their clandestine missions, from the assassinations of key al Qa'eda members to the capture of Saddam Hussein.
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Six

By Michael Smith

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Presents a history of the British secret intelligence service, from its beginning in 1909 until the start of World War II.
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This extraordinary book, originally published as Action This Day, includes descriptions by some of Britain's foremost historians of the work of Bletchley Park.
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History of the breaking of Japan's secret ciphers in World War II.
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In this gripping, previously untold story from World War II, Michael Smith examines how code breakers cracked Japan’s secret codes and won the war in the Pacific. He also takes the reader step by step through the process, explaining exactly how the code breakers went about their daunting task—made even more difficult by the vast linguistic differences between Japanese and English.The Emperor’s Codes moves across the world from Bletchley Park to Pearl Harbor, from Singapore to Colombo, and from Mombasa to Melbourne. It tells the stories of John Tiltman, the British soldier turned code breaker who made many of the early breaks in Japanese diplomatic and military codes; Commander Joe Rochedort, the leading expert on Japanese in U.S. naval intelligence; Eric Nave, the Australian sailor who pioneered breakthroughs in deciphering Japanese naval codes; and Oshima Hiroshi, the hard-drinking Japanese ambassador to Berlin whose candid, often verbose reports to Tokyo of his conversations with Hitler and other high-ranking Nazis were a major source of intelligence in the war against Germany. Without the dedication demonstrated by these relatively unsung heroes, the outcome of World War II might have been very different.
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Theatre Trip

By Michael Smith

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A young American director-critic's personal and professional encounter with new theatre abroad.
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