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by David Kahn

eBook Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-Boat Codes, 1933-1945 download ISBN: 184832636X
Author: David Kahn
Publisher: Frontline; Revised ed. edition (February 1, 2012)
Language: English
ePub: 1964 kb
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Category: History
Subcategory: Military

Frontline Books, London. Naval institute press.

Frontline Books, London. It depicts the codebreakers, especially those working on the naval Enigma, behind their closed doors and relates case histories of the role of the decodes in the defeat of the U-boats. It focuses upon personalities and rests as much as possible upon primary sources, namely documents and interviews. It shows how much of a near-run thing the cryptologic battle was and seeks to explain why the Allies won it. Finally, it weighs the effect of codebreaking on the war at sea.

DAVID KAHN holds a PhD in history from Oxford University and is the author of the Codebreakers and Hitler’s Spies. It showed the complexities of enigma and the race to break the code. He has written many articles on codes and intelligence, from the Historical Journal to the New York Times. I had seen the movie the Imitation Game which is a poor Hollywood version of what really happened at Bletchley. I particularly enjoyed the pictures of the machine and the explanation of how a message was sent through the enigma machine.

Seizing the Enigma tells the thrilling story of the Royal Navy's battle to crack the Germans' supposedly unbreakable U-boat Enigma code. Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).

As the Battle of the Atlantic raged, they raced to unlock the continually changing German naval codes.

Soon after war broke out, Hitler's U-boats began to sever Allied lifelines. In the gray wasteland of the North Atlantic, submarines prowled; at night, the sky lit up with the flames of exploding tankers. To meet the growing crisis, ingenious amateurs joined the nucleus of dedicated professionals at Bletchley Park. As the Battle of the Atlantic raged, they raced to unlock the continually changing German naval codes.

Seizing the Enigma book. In this book, cryptologist David Kahn recounts the story of the dramatic race between codemakers and codebreakers, focusing on the personalities involved, describing the at-sea captures of encryption keys that led to the Allied breakthrough, and depicting the enormous impact this information had on the most cataclysmic war in history. In the grey wasteland of the North Atlantic, submarines prowled; at night, the sky lit up with the flames of torpedoed and sinking merchant ships and tankers.

The Allies might never have turned the tide without an intelligence coup

For almost four desperate years, from 1939 to mid-1943, the British and American navies fought a savage, losing battle against German submarine wolfpacks. The Allies might never have turned the tide without an intelligence coup. Soon after war broke out, Hitler s U-boats began to sever Allied lifelines

Here, the author brings to life the race to break the German U-boat codes. As the Battle of the Atlantic raged, Hitler’s U-boats reigned

Here, the author brings to life the race to break the German U-boat codes. As the Battle of the Atlantic raged, Hitler’s U-boats reigned. To combat the growing crisis, ingenious amateurs joined the nucleus of dedicated professionals at Bletchley Park to unlock the continually changing German naval codes. A very interesting book, the battle of the pacific with German U-Boats and allied convoys was the most interesting part of the story.

One senses that in the future Seizing the Enigma will be regarded in the same vein. Kahn tells a long and technically demanding story with all the skills of a professional journalist. - Naval Books of the Year column in Warship, 2013.

Shipped from UK, please allow 10 to 21 business days for arrival. Very Good, A very good, near fine copy in black cloth boards, gilt title on spine with a very good dust jacket. Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-Boat Codes, 1933-1945. 6.4"x9.2"x1.5"; 1.6 lb; 416 pages. . . .
Comments: (7)
Landarn
With many secrets of WWII that have been sealed for the past 50 years or so opened, suddenly new information can now be released that tells in detail of how the supposedly secret codes of the Enigma machine were broken. The secret was so well kept that only now are the survivors beginning to speak of what they did so long ago. It reads better than a spy novel and was a real adventure that was kept secure from all but those who had a need to know. Today we have better security, but back then, the Enigma machine was state of the art of secret code and was constantly being changed with the rotors and machine settings. Amazing what was done to break the codes and almost read the messages of the enemy in real time. Real interesting book that will keep you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover. A must read for any serious reader of WWII history. Better than a Clive Cussler adventure novel.
Adrielmeena
Great review of the Ultra group and excellent information on Enigma. I thought I knew about the code breakers in England, but I was really misinformed by the movies, TV programs and less valuable books on the subject. If you want to really know what went on, this in the reference that you should have. Maybe too much detail especially on the enigma machine itself. I doubt you could understand the machine as described unless you had one in front of you to study as you read the description. And BTW you could have bought one on the open market in the mid 1920's. Yeah, you didn't know that from reading most of the other books on the subject.
Bearus
Although sometimes a bit picayune, the book gave a real sense of the amazingly difficult and complex task the Bletchly gang undertook and triumphed over. Unlike other books on the topic that dwelt on the personalities of those involved, this book opened up the nitty-gritty of the work. Through some engaging examples the book also demonstrated how reading the Enigma messages saved lives. And finally, this is the first book I've read that dealt with how the machine actually worked, in detail. Highly enjoyable and recommended.
Purebinder
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It showed the complexities of enigma and the race to break the code. I had seen the movie the Imitation Game which is a poor Hollywood version of what really happened at Bletchley. I particularly enjoyed the pictures of the machine and the explanation of how a message was sent through the enigma machine.
Shadowredeemer
I have read a number of accounts of the role of Bletchley Park and other factors accounting for breaking the German Enigma code and cipher system during World War II. This is by far the most complete. In particular, Kahn describes how important to the overall effort capturing actual code books was without in any way diminishing the brilliant cryptanalysis which occurred at Bletchley Park. Also gives overdue credit to the early work done in Poland which made its way to Bletchley Park.
Gugrel
What a fantastic read, top marks to the author David Kahn, I found the book very easy to follow, the story and the detail is incredible.
This book has to be one of the best, if not the best read involving the history of the Enigma. It is not a boring read, it is full of action and intrigue and gives a full and complete story of the Enigma machine beginning from the First World War through to the end of WWII and also pre also the Cold War era.
Highly Recommended.
Virtual
Since the "Imitation Game" I have not been able to get enough of this story. As a WWII history buff it has been an eyeopening experience. The movie got quite a bit right but there is so, so much more to the story. The Hut 6 Story from Welchman is just as good. I'm not that good at math so much the technical stuff just went over my head. The mathematicians will, no doubt, get an even bigger thrill. These books fill in ALL the blanks that a two hour movie can only hint at.
Fascinating book talking about the incredible problems and challenges facing the allies to break the enigma code. I really enjoyed the book because it went beyond the Bletchley Park story into what else was happening. Very interesting.