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The Secret War Hardcover – 1978

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen; First Edition edition (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0458933406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0458933402
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,806,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Note - this review is based on the original 1978 hardback BBC publication, which is the same as the 2004 paperback re-publication by Pen & Sword Military Classics. The original is still available on the used book market. I am making note of this in case a potential reader wants the hardback version because they believe that it might contain better quality illustrations. The photographs and charts in my hardback version are printed on the same paper as the text. While this does not give as good a reproduction as glossy prints they were acceptable, but barely so.

This book was prepared from the BBC series of the same name, and it utilizes the graphics and still photographs taken from the TV programs. I found the book to be surprisingly complete, perhaps not as complete as a book devoted to any of the individual topics that are covered, but surprisingly complete for a survey of them. The program and book were prepared in the late 1970’s, which being over 30 years after the events has allowed for some historical perspective, for many secret files to have been opened to the public, and still close enough to the events for participants to still be alive when the TV series and book were being prepared.

The book includes many technical graphics that clearly explain, among other things, the operation of the German Knickebein system for aircraft navigation to targets in the UK, information on the V1 an V2 weapons, and details pertaining to things like 10cm radar, depth charges, and the German Enigma machine. I like the book and recommend it to anyone interested in the technical secrets of WWII.

What is in the book – The book is divided into 6 chapters covering the following:
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By laser_mechanic on October 7, 2008
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Many of the allies' actions were made possible by radar and countermeasures, artillery was made accurate with the radar proximity fuse, and torpedoes were made reliable with magnetic
and other triggers.

D Day was a truly electronic war, where technology was matched only by men's courage and the need to free the world of the Nazi menace. This is a great book, which includes information regarding the braking of codes, radar, sonar, and other contermeasures. An excellent read if you are a technical person and enjoy reading about WWII lore and history or just curious about how "radar won the war".
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