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Forearmed: History of the Intelligence Corps Hardcover – 31 Dec 1996

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  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Brassey's (UK) Ltd; New edition edition (31 Dec. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0080377017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0080377018
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The word "intelligence" has always carred with it an aura of mystery and its own mythology. The history of the Intelligence Corps leaves not doubt that despite the inescapable need for the tightest security over most intelligence activities, these have grown in the late-19th and 20th centuries to assume an importance which must rank alongside any other military reources in a nation's armoury. This study traces the development of the Intelligence Corps, from the birth pangs during World War I, through the struggle for survival between the wars, to the triumphs of World War II and beyond. Two major points emerge in this story - the sheer scale of intelligence operations between 1939 and 1945, and the intellectual quality of the officers and men who were reponsible for them. The move to more open government has made possible the release of a welter of information for public consumption, which until recent years has been jealously guarded, making possible the writing of this work.

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My father served in the Intelligence Corps during WW2 and died while I was still a teenager.
Lots of conversations we might have wanted never happened.
Reading this book gave me a sense of something of my Dad's world.
It's a bit of a 'regimental history' (about who did what when according to the records) but I forgive the author absolutely: This sort of book has more than one function!
No history of the I Corps can ever be definitive (cos sensitive stuff may never become public) but this seems pretty thorough - from an sympathetic author.
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