Scientific Information in Wartime: The Allied-German Rivalry, 1939-1945

Scientific Information in Wartime: The Allied-German Rivalry, 1939-1945

by Pamela S Richards
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313290628

ISBN-13: 9780313290626

Pub. Date: 06/30/1994

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This book describes how the growing awareness of the strategic importance of science in the 1930s caused the Allied and German leadership to build scientific information supply systems that survived into the postwar era. Using archival materials from five countries, Richards traces the successes and failures of these early scientific intelligence agencies. She

Overview

This book describes how the growing awareness of the strategic importance of science in the 1930s caused the Allied and German leadership to build scientific information supply systems that survived into the postwar era. Using archival materials from five countries, Richards traces the successes and failures of these early scientific intelligence agencies. She focuses on the OSS unit supplying copy for the US government's wartime program to reprint current German scientific journals. She describes as well the methods used by the OSS to spirit individual journal issues from inside the Reich to microfilm squads on Germany's periphery, and gives special attention to the Allied quest for information about the mythical German atomic bomb. Richards also describes the supply system set up by the Nazi government, and how its increasing desperation for Allied scientific news led in the last year of the war to a submarine landing of Abwehr agents on the U.S. coast to microfilm periodicals at the New York Public Library. The final chapter of her book looks at how the wartime experience with scientific information influenced postwar patterns of scientific documentation and librarianship in each country.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313290626
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/1994
Series:
Contributions in Military Studies Series , #15
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1780L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

The Internationalization of Science and Scientific Information in the Twentieth Century

National Government Support for Scientific Information in Great Britain and the United States before World War II

National Government Support for Scientific Information in Germany before World War II

The Allied Wartime Supply System for Enemy Scientific Information

Germany's Wartime Supply System for Enemy Scientific Information

Postwar Consequences

Appendix A: List of Journals Available in Reprint from the Office of Alien Property Custodian

Appendix B: Title Page, Prefatory Material and First Contents Page of the First Issue of the Referatenblatt, Issued Collaboratively by the Information Centers of the Welt-Wirtschaftlichen Institut in Hamburg and the Technologische Hochscule in Berin, 1942

References

Index

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