Fascinating account of the secret ‘war behind the war’

Fascinating account of the secret ‘war behind the war’
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, one of many films about the code-breaking work at Bletchley Park during World War II

History: The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945. By Max Hastings. William Collins, €11.50.

As the tide gradually turned in their favour, towards the later stages of the Second World War, the Allies had several factors to their advantage from an intelligence point of view.

Firstly there was the cracking of the Enigma code by Alan Turing’s team at Bletchley Park – an operation that remained secret for decades, but has since been eulogised and mythologised.

Secondly – also at Bletchley – the equally difficult Lorenz Schusselzusatz SZ 40/42...

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