The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau

The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau : How Australia's Signals-Intelligence Network Helped Win the Pacific War

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A groundbreaking work of Australian military history, The Code-Breakers of Central Bureau tells the story of the country's significant code-breaking and signals-intelligence achievements during the Second World War. It reveals how Australians built a large and sophisticated intelligence network from scratch, how Australian code-breakers cracked Japanese army and air force codes, and how the code-breakers played a vital role in the battles of Midway, Milne Bay, the Coral Sea, Hollandia, and Leyte.

The book also reveals Australian involvement in the shooting down of Admiral Yamamoto near Bougainville in 1943, and how on 14 August 1945, following Japan's offer of surrender, an Australian intelligence officer established the Allies' first direct radio contact with Japan since the war had begun.

This is a rich historical account of a secret and little-understood side of the war, interwoven with lively personalities and personal stories. It is the story of Australia's version of Bletchley Park, of talented and dedicated individuals who significantly influenced the course of the Pacific War.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 163 x 236 x 41mm | 726g
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • English
  • 194753419X
  • 9781947534193
  • 739,758

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"Who knew? This enthralling study tells a deeply human story. The men and women who gave our troops a significant edge in the fight against the Japanese are the genuine heroes in this engaging and exciting book."
--Michael McKernan, author of The Strength of a Nation and When This Thing Happened

"A delightfully and thoroughly engaging story of the emergence of the Australian contribution to the signals and radio interception intelligence...Dufty's writing style is light and easy to read, reminiscent of other contemporary historical narratives that tell a series of stories, most notably the emphasis of the human story associated with these experiences."
--Rhys Ball, NZ International Review

"This is history and military strategy written at its most engaging."
--Waikato Times

"The author weaves a true tale of intrigue, remarkable perseverance, urgency and good luck."
--Hawkes Bay Weekend
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