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

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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 ...
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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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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
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Among the famous battles of World War II, the longest and most critical was the Battle of the Atlantic--the struggle between the American convoys bringing supplies to Britain and the German U-boats bent on severing that lifeline. No matter where else on earth conflicts raged, leaders on both sides understood that whoever won the Battle of the Atlantic would win the war. From the start, Germany had the advantage with the diabolically devised encryption machine known as Enigma. Breaking the Enigma codes became the singleminded obsession of a brilliant band of mathematicians, chess champions, and linguists who labored on behalf of the Allied cause behind closed doors at an English estate called Bletchley Park. In this book, cryptologist David Kahn recounts the story of the dramatic race between codemakers and codebreakers, focusing on the personalities involved, describing the at-sea captures of encryption keys that led to the Allied breakthrough, and depicting the enormous impact this information had on the most cataclysmic war in history. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786106530
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 10 Cassettes
  • Pages: 9
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 2.51 (d)

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