World War II


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O'Halpin, Eunan.

1. Spying on Ireland: British Intelligence and Irish Neutrality during the Second World War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Peake, Studies 54.3 (Sep. 2010) and Intelligencer 18.1 (Fall-Winter 2010), notes that the author studies "the intelligence relationship between [Irish] G-2 and [British] MI5-MI6," and explains, "in considerable detail, how it fit the political realities of wartime Ireland." This "is a very valuable contribution to the history of WWII intelligence." For White and Riley, Irish Studies in International Affairs 19 (2008), O'Halpin "highlights the intelligence cooperation between Ireland and Britain during the war" and emphasizes "the assistance the Irish government provided to the Allies."

2. ed. MI5 and Ireland, 1939-1945: The Official History. London: Frank Cass, 2002. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2003.

Doerries, JIH 9.1 & 2 (Summer 2010), notes that "[t]he 'Official History' presented in this highly interesting volume is, in fact, the history of the Irish Section [BIH] of MI5. The document ... was produced between the autumn of 1944 and the early days of 1946.... Eunan O'Halpin provides an excellent introduction for the contemporary historian as well as for future researchers possibly less informed on the internal makings of British intelligence in the 20th century.... [M]uch of this 'Note on the Work' is about: the fruitful cooperation of Irish and British intelligence [against the Germans] during World War II."

Oliver, David. Airborne Espionage: International Special Duties Operations in the World Wars. Gloucestershire, UK: Sutton Publishing, 2005.

Peake, Studies 49.3 (2005), finds that the author covers special-mission flying in World War I, between the wars, and in "the glory days of what the Allies called Special Duty (SD) Squadrons," World War II. In addition, Oliver "includes many of the Nazi and Japanese operations against the Allies and also describes their aircraft."

Pether, John. The Post Office at War and Fenny Stratford Repeater Station. Bletchley Park Report no. 12. Bletchley Park, UK: Bletchley Park Co. Ltd., 1998.

Kruh, Cryptologia 24.4: "[T]hroughout World War II ... a variety of ... units depended on the [British] Post Office for their communications."

Place, T. Harrison. "British Perceptions of the Tactics of the German Army, 1938-40." Intelligence and National Security 9, no. 3 (Jul. 1994): 495-519.

"Clearly, the speed if not the fact of the German victory was a shock to the British military establishment.... [R]ich though the opportunities were for achieving an improved understanding of German tactics in the light of the Polish campaign, the British military establishment took less than full advantage of them."

Price, Alfred. Instruments of Darkness: The History of Electronic Warfare. London: Kimber, 1967. Rev. ed. London: Macdonalds & Janes, 1977. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1978.

Clark comment: Price's Instruments of Darkness tells the story of British electronic warfare (EW) in World War II. Constantinides notes that Price lacked access to Ultra materials and "cannot match [R.V.] Jones's first-hand knowledge and access." Nevertheless, Price's work "still stands as one of the best" on the subject of EW deception connected with the invasion of France in 1944 (Overlord).

Rankin, Nicholas. Churchill's Wizards: The British Genius for Deception, 1914-1945. London: Faber & Faber, 2008. A Genius for Deception: How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Peake, Studies 53.3 (Sep. 2009) and Intelligencer 17.2 (Fall 2009), finds that this "is very good reading and provides an intimate look at the use of deception and those who made it work." It "gives a new perspective to the history of [] warfare and deception." For Aftergood, Secrecy News, 9 Mar. 2010, this work "is surprisingly colorful, with an endless stream of strange, offbeat and sometimes appalling anecdotes that the author has culled from his extensive reading and research." Freedman, FA 89.3 (May-Jun. 2010), calls A Genius for Deception a "page-turner." To King, NIPQ 26.2 (Jun. 2010), this is "both an entertaining and often surprising account."

Reynolds, David. "Churchill and the British 'Decision' to Fight on in 1940: Right Policy, Wrong Reasons." In Diplomacy and Intelligence during the Second World War: Essays in Honour of F.H. Hinsley, ed. Richard Langhorne, 147-167. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Riste, Olav. "Intelligence and the 'Mindset': The German Invasion of Norway in 1940." Intelligence and National Security 22, no. 4 (Aug. 2007): 521-536.

The German invasion of Norway and Denmark in April 1940 "was a brilliantly successful surprise attack." For both Norwegian and British policy-makers "the idea that Germany was about to launch a major invasion of Norway was remote from any of the preconceived scenarios about Germany's next move."

Rogers, James T., and Graham Yost, eds. The Shadow War: Espionage and World War II. New York: Facts on File, 1991.

Surveillant 2.5 says that this book "[p]rovides clear compelling accounts of American, British, German, and Japanese espionage and counterespionage organizations, their missions, their successes and failures.... Carefully researched."

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