If you enjoy reading Military History,you've probably already come across some of these stories.If you have read a great amount,maybe you alredy know about a lot of them;but it is still probale that many of these stories will be of events you haven't heard about before.
What is covered in this book,required a great deal of knowledge,experience and research.
70 separate and unconnected stories give a taste of the secret things that took place during the war and the impact they had on events around them.You will see how events of spying,trickery,deception,intelligence gathering and other forms of espionage, play just as an important part in winning or losing a war, as do the events that take place on the battlefield.Most of these things don't become known at the time they are happening, for the simple reason that disclosure lets the enemy know your methods and operations.Even when secret information is revealed,it is denied to protect people and methods.
Since there are 70 instances covered in 225 pages;on average this means only about 3 pages per story. Obviously,what you get here is a short summary,just to briefly tell what happened.However;the author has provided 9 pages of detailed information on these stories.That, basically makes this book a great resource to introduce the cases and gives information as to where to find out much more.
As you read these stories,you should keep in mind that most of this took place 60 to 70 years ago when techniques and expertise were extremely simple compared to what is available today.Just imagine the possibilities with the equipment,communications and electronic abilities (much known and probably much still secret) that is at the disposal of those now engaged in this sort of thing today.
With The War on Terror,we don't hear too much about deception and espionage these days;you can bet your sweet biffy that there is a ton of survelliance and intelligence gathering going on.So, it looks like they don't know where bin Laden is. Wanna bet someone doesn,t know? I wouldn't be surprised,they not only know where he is;but what he had for breakfast,who he talked to today,what time he got up,and even how and when he trims his beard.Even if all that is known,it would not be told;in fact,it would be denied.
Maybe, 20 ,or even more years, will go by before the espionage that is undoubtly in full swing today,will ever become known.
I was born in 1935 ,and hence ,just a young gaffer during WWII.I can remember being told in school and other places to keep an eye open for anyone strange in town,anyone talking strange languages,asking strange questions,and such.If you saw anything, or heard anything, suspicious,report it to your parents,teachers or the police.I was living in Nova Scotia at the time.Halifax was a major port of embarkation for huge convoys leaving for Europe,and the east coast was crawling with spies and informants passing vital information to the enemy. Not only that;but many were apprehended.We all "knew" and cared ,even the kids,who the enemy was. That was before the days of political correctness,taboos on profiling,ultrasensitivity over civil rights.Heck,everyone knew ,and more importantly acted as if they believed their freedoms,safety and even lives depended on defeating the enemy.It was especially brought home to many who had relatives in the Armed Forces.Many knew people who had lost their lives.I had an uncle who died in Italy,a cousin that survived a torpedo attack on the way to Britain and even a next door neighbour who was killed when the unarmed car ferry,"Cariboo",was torpedoed and sunk by a Nazi Submarine off Newfoundland.
Reading this book ,one has only to be amazed at the virtually complete lack of concern the populance has about the conflict that is going on all around us today.It seems as if ,that by not thinking about it,or at best laying the blame on the US,that it will just go away.
That was what a lot of people in Europe believed ;and lived to regret it!
A great book about what happened during WWII,but more importantly;should awaken us on The War on Terror.