Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I

Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I

by Taylor Downing

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A startling and vivid account of World War I that uncovers how wartime code-breaking, aeronautics, and scientific research that laid the foundation for much of the innovations of the twentieth century.

World War I is often viewed as a war fought by armies of millions living and fighting in trenches, aided by brutal machinery that cost the lives of many. But behind all of this an intellectual war was also being fought between engineers, chemists, code-breakers, physicists, doctors, mathematicians, and intelligence gatherers. This hidden war was to make a positive and lasting contribution to how war was conducted on land, at sea, and in the air, and most importantly, life at home.

Secret Warriors provides an invaluable and fresh history of the World War I, profiling a number of the key incidents and figures which lead to great leaps forward for the twentieth century. Told in a lively and colorful narrative style, Secret Warriors reveals the unknown side of this tragic conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605987507
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 04/08/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 281,352
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Taylor Downing is a television producer and writer. He was educated at Cambridge University. His most recent books include Spies in the Sky, Churchill's War Lab, Cold War (with Sir Jeremy Isaacs) and Night Raid. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 New Century, New World 13

Part 1 Aviators

2 The Pioneers 41

3 The New Science 62

4 Observing the War 75

Part 2 Code Breakers

5 Room 40 101

6 The Great Game 124

Part 3 Engineers and Chemists

7 The Gunners' War 149

8 The Yellow-Green Cloud 173

9 Breaking the Stalemate 191

Part 4 Doctors and Surgeons

10 The Body 213

11 The Mind 241

Part 5 Propagandists

12 The War of Words 269

13 The War in Pictures 290

14 Masters of Information 315

Epilogue - The First Boffins 335

Who's Who of Secret Warriors 359

Acknowledgements 383

Endnotes 385

Bibliography 405

Index 413

About the Author 439

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Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tedious ro read but definately informmative