By Anthony Cave Brown
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Publish 12 months note: initially released in 1975. reproduction is second printing, September 1978
Examines Allied intelligence and counter-intelligence operations in the course of international conflict II, describing the cipher desktop used to damage German codes and the strategies, ruses, and deceptions hired to make sure the winning invasion of Normandy
Bodyguard of Lies is a 1975 non-fiction e-book written via Anthony Cave Brown, his first significant historic paintings. Named for a wartime quote of Winston Churchill, it's a narrative account of Allied army deception operations through the moment global conflict. The British and American governments resisted Brown's makes an attempt to analyze the booklet. a number of the themes have been nonetheless categorised and he used to be denied entry to British battle files. the cloth within the booklet is predominantly in line with oral testimony in addition to a few American files, declassified towards the top of Brown's research.
Critical reception has been combined, yet in general damaging. modern historians, reminiscent of Charles B. MacDonald, praised the paintings – even if a few did touch upon its size. glossy reviewers have pointed out inconsistencies or error within the fabric, in line with later declassified documents. additionally, a few of Brown's own conclusions were wondered.
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The Luftwaffe had not met the essential precondition for the invasion. The RAP still controlled the skies of England. Two days later, on September 17, "The Bomb" decrypted a signal from the German General Staff relaying Hitler's authorization to dismantle paratroop air-loading equipment at Dutch airfields. It was a signal of ~reat sig- ) 38 ( THE ORIGINS OF SPECIAL MEANS nificance, and when it was sent to Churchill, he called a meeting of the Chiefs of Staff that evening. Winterbotham would recall that memorable meeting: "l was struck by the extraordinary change that had come over these men [the Chiefs of StaiT] in the last few hours.
Then Ultra came through with decisive intelligence. Goering proclaimed Eagle Day for September 15-that day when the Luftwaffe would mount a mighty, final onslaught to destroy the RAF. -e; if it failed, Hitler would not invade. Fully informed of the Germans' intentions through Ultra, Churchill went to the BBC microphones and declared: "We must regard the next week or so as a very important period in our history. " Early on September 15, Churchill drove from Chequers, the official country residence of Prime Ministers, to the RAP fighter control room at Uxbridge in the outer London suburbs.
At a later conference at a Polish intelligence station in the Pyry forest near Warsaw, the Poles handed over to the British everything in their possession concerning Enigma, retaining only the material that was needed for operational purposes. It was taken under heavy escort to London on July 24, 1939. It proved a wise precaution. Only a month later the Germans attacked Poland, and the Second World War began. With the capture of Warsaw and the collapse of the Polish government, the key cryptographers involved in Enigma were evacuated from Poland together with the Polish General Staff and the British military mission of Colonel Colin Gubbins.