Enigma : The Battle for the Code

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"Cracking stuff ...vivid and hitherto unknown details." Sunday Times (London) The complete story of the cracking of the Nazi code and those who risked their lives to make it possible Most histories of the cracking of the Enigma code focus on the work done by the codebreakers at Bletchley Park, Britain's famous counterintelligence station. In addition to providing new details about the genesis of the code and the activities at Bletchley, Enigma tells, for the first time, the hair-raising stories of those who put their lives on the line to give the codebreakers the materials they needed. While researching the book, noted British journalist Hugh Sebag-Montefiore tracked down many of the surviving players in the Enigma drama. These witnesses some of them speaking on the record for the first time provide unforgettable firsthand accounts, including gripping stories of the secret agents, naval officers, and ordinary seamen who faced death in order to snatch vital codebooks from under the noses of Nazi officials and from sinking ships.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 161.3 x 239.8 x 36.3mm | 846g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0471407380
  • 9780471407386

Table of contents

List of Illustrations. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Prologue. The Betrayal -- Belgium and Germany, 1931. The Leak -- Poland, Belgium and Germany, 1929--38. An Inspired Guess -- Poland, 1932. A Terrible Mistake -- Poland, 1933--9. Flight -- Germany, Poland and England, 1939--40. The First Capture -- Scotland, 1940. Mission Impossible -- Norway and Bletchley Park, 1940. Keeping the Enigma Secret -- France and Bletchley Park, May--September 1940. Deadlock -- Bletchley Park, August--October, 1940. The Italian Affair -- Bletchley Park and the Mediterranean, March 1941. The End of the Beginning -- Norway, March 1941. Breakthrough -- North of Iceland, May 1941. Operation Primrose -- The Atlantic, May 1941. The Knock--Out Blow -- North of Iceland, June 1941. Suspicion -- Bletchley Park, the Atlantic and Berlin, May--October 1941. A Two--Edged Sword -- The Atlantic and the Cape Verde Islands, September 1941. Living Dangerously -- The South Atlantic and Norway, November 1941--March 1942. The Hunt for the Bigram Tables -- Bletchley Park and Norway, December 1941. Black Out -- The Barents Sea, Bletchley Park and the Admiralty, February--July 1942. Breaking the Deadlock -- The Mediterranean and Bletchley Park, October--December 1942. The Turning Point -- South of France, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, November 1942--September 1943. Trapped -- South of France, November 1942--March 1943. The Arrest -- Berlin, March--September 1943. Sinking the Scharnhorst -- The Barents Sea, December 1943. Operation Covered -- Paris, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic, August 1943--March 1944. The Last Hiccough -- Germany, France and the South Atlantic, March--June 1944. Epilogue -- Where did they Go? Chronology. Glossary. Appendix 1: Polish Codebreaking Techniques. Appendix 2: The Bombe. Appendix 3: Naval Enigma. Appendix 4: Cillis. Appendix 5: Rodding. Appendix 6: Naval Enigma Offizier. Notes. Bibliography. Index.show more

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"In a crowd of books dealing with the Allied breaking of the World War II German cipher machine Enigma, Hugh Sebag-Montifiore has scored a scoop." --The Washington Postshow more

About Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

HUGH SEBAG--MONTEFIORE is an attorney and journalist who has written for numerous British newspapers, including the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph, and the Observer. His family owned Bletchley Park before it was sold to the British government in the late 1930s. He lives in London.show more

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