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Title:
Decoding history : the Battle of the Atlantic and Ultra
Author:
Gardner, W. J. R.
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Publication Information:
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xvii, 263 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781557501585
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Book

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This book critically evaluates the role Ultra played in the strategy, tactics, and operations of the Battle of the Atlantic.


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Drawing on previous studies and archival sources in both Britain and the US, Gardner, a former antisubmarine officer, has written the most significant assessment of Allied victory in the Battle of the Atlantic to date. More than simply an analysis of the role of signals intelligence (Ultra), as implied by the title, this is an extremely complicated and finely nuanced study. Gardner places information gathered through intercepted messages and the actions taken as a result of that information in the context of strategy, tactics, operations, technological developments, the production of vessels and weapons systems, the training of officers and crewmen, and other intelligence sources. He concludes that Ultra was extremely important, though not vital, in 1941 and from mid-1942 to mid-1943, but that at other times, in fact for almost two-thirds of the war, it played a relatively insignificant role. Decoding History demands careful reading; it is not for recreational readers but should not be ignored by serious students of modern naval history. Upper-division undergraduates and above. ; Texas A&M University