- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Histoire and Collections (May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 2352501830
- ISBN-13: 978-2352501831
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Clandestine Radio Operators Paperback – May, 2011
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I recently purchased the book, "Spy Princess" which chronicles the life and 12-week SOE clandestine wireless operator career of Moor Inayat Khan. From that book I learned EXACTLY how clandestine radio operators deployed their simple end-fed antenna system. They were taught to simply connect one end of the aerial to the transmitter, toss the other end out of a window and attach it to a tree (pp.141-2). Unfortunately, the book "Clandestine Radio Operators" focuses more on the technical details of the transceiver than on the clandestine tactics employed by the SOE agents in the field.
The book is well written but says little of the clandestine lives of the agent radio operators: I wanted to see how "pianists" (code name for clandestine radio operators) set up their equipment and how they managed to erect and conceal the necessary outdoor end-fed antennas from the Nazis. The book offers generic details and photos of WWII clandestine transceivers as well as "pianists" training and deployed in the field without offering technical information on the "pianists" actually hid and used their equipment. Overall though, a great book.
Beautiful clear and big macro photos, both Black and White and Color, shows the equipment developed by the British, the North Americans and also the Polish in exile. This radios were the very first QRP radios in history.
This radio units were parachute dropped on occupied territories for the various resistance groups (like the famous Paraset Whaddon MK-VII radio)and, in the majority of cases, the British trained clandestine specialist radio operator was also infiltrated into enemy occupied territory by air, sea or land together with his/her equipment.
General information about equipment is provided, examples of radio codes given, covert operation procedures briefly revealed and more.
It does not get into detailed information like how they deployed their antennas or detailed operation of the different models or how they managed to hide their radios but you get an idea.
The book provides, with brief examples, how difficult life and operations was for the SOE and OSS agents/radio operators in order to relay the required information to England.
Life expectancy of this radio operators was very short and their very high mortality rate is explained.
Advanced Direction Finding network and procedures used or deployed by the enemy to detect the clandestine radio transmitters is also described.
Under such difficult and life threatening conditions, this radio operators managed to send their messages using so basic and sometimes difficult to use equipment.
This is a "must have" book. It is a historic and pictorial document to add to your basic HAM Radio collection.
If you are a QRPer, then you have no excuse for not having it.
Last but not least, this book is a tribute to all those unsung heroes of the war...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for us Ham Operators and emergency communications buffs. Lots of pictures of the actual equipment in use by all the different countries.Published 7 months ago by Bill Ether
Very interesting book for people interested in special poperations communications in WW2.Published 13 months ago by MWD Nero
Very interesting historical journey of brave men and women using radio behind the enemy lines to help the war effort! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ben Epting
This is a well written history of a little known group of hero's during world war II. A very informative source for history buffs.Published 20 months ago by Milo Cornelius
Certainly a beautifully laid out ensemble, though beware. This isn't a manual or in depth study. Artistically crafted with lots of photographs of old radios, it fails to weave or... Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Ron G
The book was purchased as a gift for a family member. He has not given me a review. Looks OK.Published on May 17, 2014 by Lasse K. Jaakola