Signals Intelligence in World War II: A Research Guide

Signals Intelligence in World War II: A Research Guide

Signals Intelligence in World War II: A Research Guide

Signals Intelligence in World War II: A Research Guide


In 1974 Frederick W. Winterbotham's book The Ultra Secret disclosed the Allied success in breaking the German high command ciphers in World War II, and a new form of history began--the study of intelligence and its impact on military operations and international politics. This guide documents and annotates over 800 sources that have appeared in the past 20 years. It examines and evaluates primary and secondary sources dealing with the role of ULTRA and MAGIC in the Pearl Harbor attack, the battles of the Atlantic, Coral Sea, and Midway, and the campaigns in the Mediterranean, Northwest Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific, as well as in the realm of espionage and special operations. It also covers sources on the "Sigint" and cryptanalytic programs of the Axis and neutral powers.


The Greeks at Thermopylae, the Crusades, the Armada campaign, Trafalgar, Verdun, Gettysburg, El Alamein, Pork Chop Hill, Khe Sanh, the Falklands and "Desert Storm" are only a few of the many campaigns and battles, large and small, which have been fought down through the ages. Of course, each of these operations had leaders ranging in quality from Leonidas at Thermopylae to the "group think" of Vietnam and all featured diverse strategies, tactics and weapons. It appears to be mankind's unhappy lot that war has been and apparently will for sometime continue to be a growth industry, despite centuries of horror-filled record keeping and preventive lessons available for learning.

With only a few exceptions, monographic bibliographies of individual battles and leaders (our series title, admittedly, is borrowed from the famous American Civil War history), campaigns and weapons have not been compiled previously. Contributors to this series while thus breaking new ground have also constructed works suitable for wide general audiences. These tools may profitably be employed at every level from high school through graduate university and by the casual researcher or military history buff as well as the dedicated scholar.

Each volume begins with a narrative overview of the topic designed to place its subject within the context of specific wars, societies and times; this introduction evaluates the significance of the leader, battle or technology under study. Each work points to key archival and document collections as well as printed primary and secondary sources. Citations are numbered, allowing each access via the index(es). Individual volumes may present discussion of their citations in styles ranging from bibliographical essays to individually annotated entries and some titles provide chronologies and suitable appendix(es).

It is my hope as editor that these bibliographies of battles and leaders will enable broad audiences to select and work with the best items available within a literature and to benefit from the wisdom of some of today's leading military scholars.

Myron J. Smith Jr. Tusculum College Greeneville, Tennessee . . .

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