Book review: The Third Reich is Listening

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15 April 2019
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Everyone knows the story of Bletchley Park and the work of Allied intelligence in deciphering German wartime codes but, obviously, on the other side, the Germans were just as busy, if not quite as successful.

Author: CHRISTIAN JENNINGS

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans 

 

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Everyone knows the story of Bletchley Park and the work of Allied intelligence in deciphering German wartime codes but, obviously, on the other side, the Germans were just as busy, if not quite as successful. This then, is the story of the Third Reich’s efforts to listen in on the political and military communications of the Allied forces across the globe. It runs through four parts and is written chronologically, starting with Germany’s new code breakers and preparing for war in part one, going on the offensive in part two and fighting in the Atlantic, the Russian front and Mediterranean battles in part three, and then the last phase of the war, in part four, including German attempts to dump their code-breaking secrets into Austrian lakes.

 

It’s all written in a clear and approachable style and provides and excellent balance to books on Enigma and Allied code-breaking. There’s even a mono photo plate section.

 

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• Osprey Publishing

• 356 pages • Hardback • £20

 

As reviewed in The Armourer April 2019

 

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