WORLD WAR II

Technical & Scientific Intelligence

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Avery, Donald H. The Science of War: Canadian Scientists and Allied Military Technology during the Second World War. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998.

From card catalog description: "This book explains how and why Canada was able to play in the big leagues of military technology, particularly in the development of radar, RDX explosives, proximity fuses, chemical and biological warfare, and the atomic bomb. It also investigates the evolution of the Canadian national security state, which attempted to protect defence secrets both from the Axis powers and from Canada's wartime ally, the Soviet Union."

Bolin, Robert L. Technical Intelligence Bibliography. Athens, GA: University of Georgia, Political Science Department, 1985. [Petersen]

Bond, Donald. Radio Direction Finders. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1944. [Petersen]

Brown, Louis. A Radar History of World War II: Technical and Military Imperatives. Bristol, UK, and Philadelphia, PA: Institute of Physics Publishing, 2000.

Beard, I&NS 16.2, notes that most of the book traces developments in Britain, the United States, and Germany. The focus is on "three campaigns...: the Battle of the Atlantic, the bombing of German cities, and the Allied sweep across the Pacific." The author's "narrative is straightforward, his style workmanlike, his documentation meticulous.... [I]t is hard to believe that anyone will write a better book on this subject."

Buderi, Robert. The Invention that Changed the World: How a Small Group of Radar Pioneers Won the Second World War and Launched a Technological Revolution. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Cohen, FA 77.2 (Mar.-Apr. 1997), finds this to be an "engaging technological history.... It is a sprawling, perhaps overly American-centered account that carries the work of the key scientists involved into the early 1960s."

Budiansky, Stephen. "The Code War: The Code-Breaking Machines of World War II Took Data-Processing Technology to Its Very Limits in the Era before Computers." American Heritage of Invention and Technology 16, no. 1 (Summer 2000): 36-43.

Conant, Jennet. Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science that Changed the Course of World War II. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002.

According to Seamon, Proceedings 128.12 (Dec. 2002), Alfred Lee Loomis helped organize MIT's Radiation Lab, and "worked overtime convincing reluctant leading scientists to go to work for the government." Beard, I&NS 18.1, finds that the author's story "adds to the history of radar, but it also exposes her ignorance. Microwave radar is essentially given sole credit for the defeat of the U-boats, the blunting of the V-1 attacks on London, and Allied success at Anzio.... [She] describes ASV radar as the decisive weapon in the Battle of the North Atlantic. The word Ultra is never mentioned."

Davis, Franklin M., Jr.

1. "The Army's Technical Detectives." Military Review 28 (May 1948): 12-18.

The U.S. Army's "T-Force" and technical intelligence in World War II.

2. "Technical Intelligence and the Signal Corps." Signals 3 (Jul.-Aug. 1949): 19-26. [http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/RefBibs/intell/ww2/tech.htm]

Ford, Brian J. Secret Weapons: Death Rays, Doodlebugs and Churchill's Golden Goose. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2013.

From publisher: This "book charts the history of secret weapons development by all the major powers during the war, from British radar to Japanese ray-guns, and explains the impact that these developments eventually had on the outcome of World War II. Ford also takes a look at the weapons that never made it to development stage, as well as the more radical plans, such as the idea of turning Hitler into a woman with hormone treatment."

Hartcup, Guy. The Effect of Science on the Second World War. New York: St. Martin's, 2000.

Kruh, Cryptologia 25.2, calls this "an essential book on a rarely addressed topic that will contribute to a better understanding of an important subject."

Johnson, Brian. The Secret War. New York: Methuen, 1978. London: BBC Publications, 1978.

According to Constantinides, this book is based on a BBC television series. This account of "scientific, technical, and cryptologic" aspects of World War II presents a "wider perspective" than R.V. Jones' The Wizard War. Sexton calls The Secret War a "detailed and richly illustrated history of the scientific side of World War II." Similarly, Nautical Brass Bibliography gives this "profusely illustrated" book a "highly recommended" notation.

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