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Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-Boat Codes, 1939-1943
     

Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-Boat Codes, 1939-1943

by David Kahn
 

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Seizing the Enigma tells the story of one of the great dramas of World War II. A multinational corps of cryptologists struggled to break the German U-boat codes that were helping Nazi submarine wolf-packets tear at the lifeline between America and Britian. But these codebreakers realized that German messages could not be read without obtaining the encryption

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Seizing the Enigma tells the story of one of the great dramas of World War II. A multinational corps of cryptologists struggled to break the German U-boat codes that were helping Nazi submarine wolf-packets tear at the lifeline between America and Britian. But these codebreakers realized that German messages could not be read without obtaining the encryption keys from the ships that held them. Several daring captures at sea of key documents and encryption machines by the Royal Navy finally led to mastering the U-boat codes.

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Library Journal
F.W. Winterbotham's The Ultra Secret (LJ 2/1/75) was the first book to reveal how the Allies broke the main German code system in World War II. Many books, such as Ron Lewin's Ultra Goes To War (LJ 12/15/78), have since expanded upon the process and its impact on the war effort. Kahn, a noted historian of codebreaking, provides a specialized part of the story not previously detailed. He underscores the strategic importance of submarine warfare in the Atlantic, giving a balanced account of the ultimate importance of codebreaking in that arena. High drama at sea seizing German codebooks and equipment and analytical genius ashore were essential. Kahn describes both of these matching efforts expertly. Informed laypersons and specialists will find this book valuable and intriguing. Recommended.-- George H. Siehl, Library of Congress

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395427392
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/04/1991
Pages:
320

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