The Invisible War: The Untold Secret Story of Number One Canadian Special Wireless Group, Royal Canadian Signal Corps, 1944-1946

The Invisible War: The Untold Secret Story of Number One Canadian Special Wireless Group, Royal Canadian Signal Corps, 1944-1946

The Invisible War: The Untold Secret Story of Number One Canadian Special Wireless Group, Royal Canadian Signal Corps, 1944-1946

The Invisible War: The Untold Secret Story of Number One Canadian Special Wireless Group, Royal Canadian Signal Corps, 1944-1946

Synopsis

While the Second World War raged in Europe, demanding most of Canada's military effort, an equally fierce war with Japan was going on in the Far East. Army, navy, and air force signals units in Canada kept watch on the enemy's vital radio communications. To be more effective, Number One Canadian Special Wireless Group of the Royal Canadian Signals Corps was formed to go to the Southwest Pacific war theatre for close-in radio eavesdropping.

Murray describes the often zany career of the only complete signals unit Canada sent to the War in the Pacific, and the significant part it played in the Allied signals intelligence operation known as "Magic."

Excerpt

The true story told in the following pages is neither one of daring Second World War valour nor of gory hand-to-hand combat. For those we refer readers to the many books on the spectacular campaigns in which thousands of heroic Canadians died in bloody land, sea, and air battles. What will be described here is how a group of young Canadians fought secretly and helped to win the war in the Pacific on an invisible battlefield: the airwaves that carried vital facts about Imperial Japanese troop strengths, supply states, and targets of their next assaults. Without the continuous secret interception and deciphering of Japanese military signals by Allied Special Wireless units, of which Number One Canadian Special Wireless Group (1CSWG) was an important part, the Allied forces would not have had the vital advance information about Japanese battle plans that enabled them to win time after time.

Long after the war’s end, the very existence of 1CSWG and its part in the Pacific victory has remained unknown to Canadians. Canada’s contribution . . .

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