Codebreaker in the Far East

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Codebreaker in the Far East is the first book to describe how Bletchley Park and its Indian and Far Eastern outposts broke a series of Japanese codes and cipher systems of dazzling variety and complexity. Their achievements made a major contribution to the Allied victory in Burma, and probably helped to win the war, shortening it perhaps by two or three years. Alan Stripp gives his first-hand account of the excitement of reading the enemy's mind, or working against the clock, hampered by one of the world's most daunting languages and the knowledge that they were facing an unyielding and resourceful enemy who had never known defeat.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714633633
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/1989
  • Series: Studies in Intelligence Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Stripp is Director of the Cambridge University Summer Schools on British Secret Services. Until the end of the Second World War he worked at Bletchley Park and in Delhi, breaking Japanese codes, before switching to Persian and Afghan codes. He is the editor of Codebreakers: The Inside Story of Bletchley (OPB, 1994),

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations vii
Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Part 1 Tours of Duty
1. Cambridge, Bedford and Yorkshire 3
2. Bletchley Park 13
3. Marching Orders 29
4. Delhi 39
5. Naini Tal, Agra and Abbottabad 48
6. Bangalore, Singapore and Cambridge 58
Part 2 Japanese Puzzles
7. Japanese Codes and Ciphers: what were they like? 65
8. What did they tell us? 80
9. How were they sent? 89
10. How were they intercepted? 93
12. How were they broken? 100
12. What is so special about signals intelligence? 109
13. Loose ends 121
(a) Traffic analysis 121
(b) The index 122
(c) Interrogation 123
(d) Japanese cryptographic security 125
(e) The Japanese as codebreakers 128
(f) The Japanese language 131
(g) The Chinese Telegraphic Code 135
(h) Japanese language courses 139
(i) Glossary of technical terms 144
(j) Cover-names 151
Part 3 A Tangled Web
14. Clandestine Groups and their Signals 157
15. General Slim and Signals Intelligence 165
16. Phuket Island 172
17. Deception in the Burma Campaign 179
Select bibliography 192
Notes 194
Index 201
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