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Ultra Goes to War (1978)

by Ronald Lewin

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Ultra - the code word for the greatest secret of World War II - was the method by which the Allies intercepted German radio transmissions and broke their coded contents. Author Ronald Lewin was the first historian to utilize actual Ultra intercepts to show how this information was used in combat.
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An account of exploitation of Ultra intelligence, for staff officers.
  bungo | Oct 14, 2008 |
2289 Ultra Goes to War: the First Account of World War II's Greatest Secret Based on Official Documents, by Ronald Lewin (read 29 Apr 1990) This is a 1978 book by a British officer in World War Two. It tells the story of Ultra, which was the British system for deciphering Nazi coded messages. This was not mentioned publicly till 1974, and this book purports to be the first book thereon based on official documents. The book is interesting, but puts a very high value on Ultra: almost all that went right was due to Ultra and all that went wrong was because of disregard or lack of Ultra. The book is also very pro-British--and rather patronizing toward Americans. It is a good book, but I can hardly read enough to make myself an expert on World War II: there is so much interesting to read on that vast subject. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jun 8, 2008 |
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To the Poles who sowed the seed and those who reaped the harvest.
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Prologue: A quarter of a century after she had been in charge of the Intelligence War Room in Field Marshal Alexander's headquarters at the Royal Palace of Caserta in Italy, Judy Hutchinson began to suffer from a brain haemorrhage.
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Ultra - the code word for the greatest secret of World War II - was the method by which the Allies intercepted German radio transmissions and broke their coded contents. Author Ronald Lewin was the first historian to utilize actual Ultra intercepts to show how this information was used in combat.

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