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Codebreakers' Victory: How the Allied Cryptogaphers Won World War II

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For the first time ever, veteran World War II cryptographer Hervie Haufler details how American and British codebreakers were the decisive factor in the Allied victory. From the Purple Machine to the Navajo Talkers to the breaking of Japan's JN-25 Naval Code to the shadowy world of decoding units like Hut-8 in Bletchley Park, he shows how crucial information-often obtained by surreptitious and violent means-was the decisive edge in the Battle of Britain, at Midway and against the U-Boats in the North Atlantic, ...
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Overview

For the first time ever, veteran World War II cryptographer Hervie Haufler details how American and British codebreakers were the decisive factor in the Allied victory. From the Purple Machine to the Navajo Talkers to the breaking of Japan's JN-25 Naval Code to the shadowy world of decoding units like Hut-8 in Bletchley Park, he shows how crucial information-often obtained by surreptitious and violent means-was the decisive edge in the Battle of Britain, at Midway and against the U-Boats in the North Atlantic, and how Allied intelligence saved the Soviet Union from almost certain defeat.

In an accessible account based on years of research, interviews and exclusive access to previously top-secret archives, Haufler demonstrates how cryptography enabled Nimitz and MacArthur to persevere in the Pacific and helped Eisenhower and Patton mount the assaults on Normandy. In compelling detail, Haufler shows us how it was done-as only one who was on the frontlines of the "secret war" could tell it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451209795
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/4/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Hervie Haufler is a World War II veteran cryptographer who participated in both English and American codebreaking task forces.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Belligerents: Choose Your Code Machines 7
2 Breaking the Enigma: Poles Show the Way 22
3 Britain Takes Over the Cryptologic War 35
4 BR Begins Exploiting Its "Gold Mine" 48
5 Battle of the Atlantic: Cryptologic Seesaw 66
6 When Superior Intelligence Was Not Enough 87
7 The Spies Who Never Were 96
8 The U.S. Tackles Japan's Codes 110
9 North Africa: A Pendulum Swung by Codebreakers 132
10 Turnaround in the Pacific War 146
11 USSR: Intelligence Guides the Major Victories 159
12 Smiting the Axis's Soft Underbelly 176
13 The Coming of the Ultra Americans 193
14 Up the Island Ladder Toward Tokyo 206
15 France: Invasions from North and South 222
16 CBI: Winning the "Forgotten War" 237
17 Europe: The Bitter Fruits of Complacency 252
18 Closing In on the Empire 263
19 Europe: High-grade Decrypts Abet Allied Victory 275
20 In the Pacific: Last Battles, Final Decisions 293
Conclusion 307
Acknowledgments 311
Bibliography 327
Index 336
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  • Posted December 13, 2011

    Definitely worth reading

    An often overlooked facet of World War II -- the work of codebreakers.
    Haufler was one of those who worked in the top secret code division. Once the information was declassified, he researched it thoroughly and wrote this fascinating history told from an unusual point of view.

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