US Military Intelligence Pocket Manual: 1941-45

US Military Intelligence Pocket Manual: 1941-45 by CHRIS MCNAB


Authors
CHRIS MCNAB
ISBN
9781636241388
Published
Binding
Hardcover
Dimensions
128 x 198mm

This pocket manual looks at American military intelligence during World War II using contemporary manuals and briefings. On December 7, 1941, an Imperial Japanese carrier strike force attacked the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbour, taking advantage of what was one of the greatest intelligence failures in US history. Galvanised into action, the branches of the US military subsequently developed one of the greatest, albeit imperfect, intelligence-gathering and analysing systems of the combatant nations, giving the American forces a window into the intentions of their enemies. The picture of US military intelligence during World War II is a complex one, divided between the fields of signal intelligence (SIGINT) and human intelligence (HUMINT), combat intelligence and War Department intelligence, and between numerous different organisations. The documents collected in this manual reveal the theoretical and practical efforts in this massive intelligence operation. It ranges from fundamentals such as how to observe and record enemy activity and intercept enemy radio traffic through to specialist activities such as cryptanalysis, photoreconnaissance, interrogating prisoners, and undercover agent operations. This painstaking work required sharp, attentive minds, sometimes working behind a desk, sometimes right on the frontlines, but the outputs from intelligence operatives could ultimately make the difference between victory and defeat in battle. AUTHOR: Chris McNab is a writer and editor specialising in military history, with a major research interest in the evolution of modern maneuver warfare. He has written or contributed to numerous titles.
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