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Code Breakers : Inside the shadow world of signals intelligence in Australia's two Bletchley Parks - Craig Collie

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.

About the Author

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.



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    Excellent real life novel


    Great read on Australia's codebreaking efforts during WW2


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        As a former officer in the Royal Australian Signals Corps, the tpoic of this book has some interest to me. I am familiar with the history of codebreaking in the UK (Bletchley Park et al) and this book provides an excellent insight into our own efforts in this area of military intelligence.
        Congratulations to the author on the massive research efforts behind this book.
        Excellent documentary.

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        List of maps


        Diagram of Allied code-breaking units

        1. Burn the codes and ciphers

        2. Pioneer of the code breaker's craft

        3. Special Intelligence Bureau

        4. The road to Corregidor

        5. Scramble to safety

        6. The turning of the tide

        7. Midway

        8. Central Bureau

        9. The Water Transport Code broken

        10. The admiral's itinerary

        11. Buried treasure

        12. The front line and the back room

        13. A new world, a new enemy Coding and decoding Japan's military messages

        Glossary of technical terms

        Cast of characters





        ISBN: 9781743312100
        ISBN-10: 1743312105
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 400
        Published: 1st November 2017
        Publisher: Allen & Unwin
        Country of Publication: AU
        Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.2
        Weight (kg): 0.65