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Ultra Hush-Hush: Espionage and Special Missions

by Stephen Shapiro, Sheryl Shapiro, Tina Forrester
 

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Spies, special missions, and codes and ciphers! Stories of ingenuity and intrigue from World War II.

Enjoy spellbinding World War II stories about people who demonstrated great resourcefulness under pressure and came up with amazing solutions to seemingly impossible problems.

For example, a British unit specializing in creating illusions fooled German

Overview

Spies, special missions, and codes and ciphers! Stories of ingenuity and intrigue from World War II.

Enjoy spellbinding World War II stories about people who demonstrated great resourcefulness under pressure and came up with amazing solutions to seemingly impossible problems.

For example, a British unit specializing in creating illusions fooled German reconnaissance pilots into thinking bombers had blown up a major British munitions factory. How? By painting a gigantic canvas the size of the factory roof to look as if the roof had gaping holes in it with massive destruction inside!

Military messages must be disguised by codes and ciphers. One of the most successful and enduring codes of all time was based on a rare language spoken only by the Navajo. This code was instrumental in the American defeat of the Japanese at several key battles. In fact, the code was so difficult to break that the U.S. military kept it top secret until it was replaced by computer codes in 1968.

Key Features

  • Presents 19 fascinating stories from World War II in an engaging, accessible format
  • Introduction and sidebars provide lively background information about World War II
  • Includes over 80 color maps and illustrations, and archival photographs

Editorial Reviews

Library Media Connection - Diane Coslin
This volume has relevance to the current world situation... Recommended.
KLIATT
WW II was an important milestone for espionage, not only for the Allied Forces, but also for those representing the Axis nations. Military history researchers Stephen Shapiro and Tina Forrester bring to life the resourcefulness of the many spies working to achieve victory for both sides. Readers are able to relive the action that spies such as British agents Juan Pujol Garcia, Eddie Chapman, and Elyesa Bazna, Italian frogman Durand de la Penne, and German commander Otto Skorzeny encountered on a daily basis. Other Axis special missions revealed include tales of the numerous commandos from Germany's Brandenburg Regiment and the German glider pilots from Group Granite. Additional Allied special missions discussed are the exploits of members of Britain's Special Air Service Brigade and Special Operations Executive, American and Canadian paratroopers, and the Navajo code talkers. David Craig's dramatic illustrations, along with colorful maps and b/w photographs from the front lines, supplement the text. Shapiro and Forrester include sufficient background information to help readers truly grasp the significant part espionage played in the war. Readers will benefit from the way this book is organized and will utilize the table of contents, glossary, and index to help locate specific information. Ultra Hush Hush is a great additional resource for any study of WW II. (Outwitting the Enemy: Stories from the Second World War). KLIATT Codes: SA-Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Firefly, 96p. illus. maps. index., Ages 15 to adult.
— Jennifer Baldwin
Children's Literature
Older kids who like true, spooky tales will thrill to Ultra Hush-Hush: Espionage and Special Missions, a book about the spies, U-boats and code breakers of World War II. Period photos, maps and David Craig's illustrations flesh out the carefully researched and dramatically presented text by Stephen Shapiro and Tina Forrester. Sidebars provide additional information on specific countries, political intrigues and personalities such as double agent Juan Pujol Garcia (code name: Garbo), who aided many a victory for the Allies. Especially intriguing is the saga of the Navajo code talkers. In 1942, 29 Navajo recruits developed a special code based on their unwritten, tonal language. This amazing code completely confounded the enemy—and garnered Congressional Gold Medals for these men. 2003, Annick Press, Ages 10 up.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This first installment in this series presents 19 examples of espionage that occurred during World War II. Well-known stories such as the Navajo Code Talkers and the Desert Fox are related, along with less familiar tales. For example, the authors describe the daring rescue of Benito Mussolini from imprisonment in a secluded ski resort in Italy by an SS officer named "Scarface" Skorzeny. They also detail the actions of the Brandenburg Regiment, elite German soldiers who used their knowledge of foreign languages and customs to blend into the enemy's troops. Readers will be intrigued by these tales of spies, saboteurs, and double-crossings. Full-color illustrations and black-and-white photographs add interest to the text, and the liberal use of sidebars and maps will help students understand the lengths both sides went to win the war. Terms are defined as they are used, either in boxed entries or in the glossary. An introductory time line and a map of the world at war serve as reference points for the events discussed throughout the pages. Even the most reluctant readers will find something of interest within this world of secrets.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550377781
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
02/01/2003
Series:
Outwitting the Enemy: Stories from World War II Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Stephen Shapiro is the recipient of the Canadian War Museum History Award for his essay The Battle for Queenston Heights: A Critical Point for Canada.

Tina Forrester is a researcher and writer on a broad spectrum of subjects. Her previous works include The Millennium Time Capsule Book.

David Craig's previous works include the dramatic illustrations in the children's book Attack on Pearl Harbor and First to Fly: How Wilbur and Orville Wright Invented the Airplane.

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