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  • Hardcover: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation (20 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178346268X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783462681
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Haysom worked for many years in the intelligence field, working for a time at RAF Digby, before moving to the Far East where he spent time in an intelligence capacity in Hong Kong, North Borneo and Berlin. This is his first book in collaboration with Peter Jackson, and is borne out of years of extensive research. Before becoming Library Consultant to Oxford University, Peter Jackson worked as a Clerk at a number of RAF signals intercept units. His interest in the work of the RAF stems from this period of employment. He is a published author and a passionate aviation/military enthusiast.

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The book gives an insight into the activities of signals intelligence during WW2 and in the ensuing Cold War years. The activities of one man’s dedication and enthusiasm have left a lasting legacy, which continues to this day. At a time when eavesdropping and telephone tapping is an ongoing controversial topic, I found this book of particular interest. Not only does the book reveal many little-known aspects of signals intelligence, but it also tells a human story. I enjoyed the read very much.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Smith on 22 Jun 2014
For such an expensive book I found it very disappointing, the title indicates it is about Covert Radar and signals, but its just a diary really of a mans life, what he actually did or the equipment he worked on or results are non existant, you are left with still knowing very little about him or his abilities. not worth the money, boring in the extream....
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@Mr. Smith, I really can't agree.
You have obviously missed the point of this book. The title and the book description promise a biography (no a diary) and that is what you get. Personally I found the book very interesting and entlightning.
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By graemebg on 7 Oct 2014
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Been everywhere, done what ?
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Why was this book even written? 20 Sep 2014
By Gil Garver - Published on Amazon.com
I generally prefer to write only positive reviews, but my gosh a purchase of this book is a complete waste of money. Mercifully I got this book from the library. The subject, Mr. Eric Ackermann, is a shadowy figure who was perhaps a legman, so to speak, for the redoubtable Dr. R.V. Jones, who was one of Britain's greatest boffins during World War II. What were Mr Ackermann's accomplishments and how did he help the war effort? This book is so abominably researched that one cannot say. I will allow that the subject may have left little in the way of footprint, for that reason perhaps there is little to research. That, it can be said, is what secret endeavors leave behind--nothing. Or perhaps the authors are merely poor researchers. In any event there is very little in depth substance to this story. The subject was not interviewed and any personal anecdotes came from his children. There is precious little that they could relate. If you are looking for information on the "wizard war," or the post war signals endeavor against the Soviets, the reader will be disappointed. Dr. Jones book "Most Secret War," covers the war years admirably. In truth I was so bored with this book that I really could not finish it.
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