Code Breakers

Code Breakers : Inside the Shadow World of Signals Intelligence in Australia's Two Bletchley Parks

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At the height of World War II in the Pacific, two secret organisations existed in Australia to break Japan's military codes. They were peopled by brilliant and idiosyncratic cryptographers, including some with achievements in mathematics and the Classics and others who had lived or grown up in Japan. These men patiently and carefully unravelled the codes in Japanese signals, ultimately playing a crucial role in the battles of Midway and the Coral Sea, as well as Macarthur's push into the Philippines. An intercept station in the Queensland bush brought about the end of Admiral Yamamoto.But this is more than a story of codes. It is an extraordinary exploration of a unique group of men and their intense personal rivalries and loathing, of white-anting and taking credit for others' achievements. It is also the story of a fierce inter-national and inter-service political battle for control of war-changing intelligence between a group of cryptographers based at the Monterey apartment block in Melbourne's Albert Park and General MacArthur's counter group that eventually established its headquarters in suburban Brisbane. What happened between these two groups would have consequences for intelligence services in the years to follow.Code Breakers brings this surprising and very secret world and the men who operated in it to rich life for the first time.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 33.02mm | 498.95g
  • Allen & Unwin
  • St Leonards, Australia
  • English
  • 16pp b&w photos
  • 1743312105
  • 9781743312100
  • 37,854

About Craig Collie

Craig Collie is the author of the highly acclaimed The Path of Infinite Sorrow: The Japanese on the Kokoda Track and Nagasaki: The massacre of the innocent and unknowing, as well as The Reporter and the Warlords: An Australian at large in China's republican revolution. He is a TV producer-director by background and was series producer of A Big Country and Quantum. He has been Production Executive at the Australian Film TV & Radio School and head of TV Production at SBS.show more

Table of contents

List of mapsAbbreviationsDiagram of Allied code-breaking units1. Burn the codes and ciphers2. Pioneer of the code breaker's craft3. Special Intelligence Bureau4. The road to Corregidor5. Scramble to safety6. The turning of the tide7. Midway8. Central Bureau9. The Water Transport Code broken10. The admiral's itinerary11. Buried treasure12. The front line and the back room13. A new world, a new enemy Coding and decoding Japan's military messagesGlossary of technical termsCast of charactersAcknowledgementsNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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