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Very Special Intelligence: The Story of the Admiralty's Operational Intelligence Centre 1939-1945

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The best book about British naval intelligence in World War II, including how the Enigma machine was used to crack the German secret codes.
Paperback, 296 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by US Naval Institute Press (first published November 12th 1981)
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Brian
Dec 20, 2009 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting -- although occasionally dry -- accounting of the British OIC's efforts during World War II. It deals more with the operational use of and concerns with intelligence than the methods by which the intelligence was gained, but provides a nice overview of the challenges associated with running an operational intelligence organization and balancing security with utility.
Hans Koerver
Jun 16, 2016 Hans Koerver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the 1980s, Patrick Beesley, a former member of the anti-submarine division in Bletchley Park during the Second World War, was the first to lay eyes on the "top secret" classified documents of the British Admiralty from the First World War.
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