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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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Product Details

  • 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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This is the story of photographic reconnaisance and photographic intelligence/interpretation in the Second World War, as told from the British persepective and largely of the British experience. The book was originally published in 1957 but republished in 2004. It suffers mildly from mistypes and double words, which is a product of careless editing of the first publishing or bad replication for the second. Despite the noticeable errors the book is worth reading. There are many tales of interest, which I don't intend to ruin here. Photographic reconnaisance was certainly one of the keys to the Allied victory in WWII that has been largely overlooked. For an enjoyable, refreshing read on a somewhat overwritten topic--WWII--pick up this book. If you are into "secret" history or intelligence, definitely pick this book up.
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This is a World War II book that comes from an unusual source and is about an unusual, often-forgotten, but fascinating subject.

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.
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