- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Sutton Publishing (August 12, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0750936487
- ISBN-13: 978-0750936484
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,160,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Evidence in Camera: The Story of Photographic Intelligence in the Second World War Paperback – August 12, 2004
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Aerial reconnaissance and photography naturally began with Civil War balloons and Great War aircraft, and achieved a high dimension in World War II, when the RAF took the lead in the field. Their recce flights spotted German radar sets, ground defenses, and ultimately, V-1 and V-2 missiles on their launch test pads. These photographs helped the British make critical decisions about the war, leading to dramatic events like the Bruneval parachute raid in 1942 and the RAF attacks on Peenemunde in 1943.
Constance Babington-Smith was one of the top photo-interpreters of the RAF, and personally diagnosed the rocket testing sites. Consequently, her memoir is also a testimony to the critical and often unsung role of women in World War II, in non-traditional roles (as opposed to nursing and charitable works).
Her books is fascinating, and contains much information and many insights about the operations of the RAF photographic apparatus through six years of war. It is slightly dated in lacking information about the connection with Bletchley Park and ULTRA, but otherwise, the narrative and analysis continues to stand up.
I found this book to be one of the more fascinating stories of the Second World War, which needed to be told.