Most Secret War (Wordsworth Military Library)

Most Secret War (Wordsworth Military Library)

R. V. Jones

Language: English

Pages: 576

ISBN: 185326699X

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This text is Jones's account of his part in British Scientific Intelligence between 1939 and 1949. It was his responsibility to anticipate German applications of science to warfare, so that their new weapons could be countered before they were used. Much of his work had to do with radio navigation, as in the Battle of the Beams, with radar, as in the Allied Bomber Offensive and in the preparations for D-Day and in the war at sea. He was also in charge of intelligence against the V-1 (flying bomb) and the V-2 (rocket) retaliation weapons and, although the Germans were some distance behind from success, against their nuclear developments.

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appropriate signal was very simply generated by applying my own receiver to its mouthpiece, which resulted in a tremendous squawk. As I had also asked him to listen very carefully for it, he was nearly deafened the first time I did it. I then asked him to place the receiver on the table beside him and touch it. I could, of course, hear the noise of his finger making contact, and immediately I repeated the squawk. When he picked up the receiver I told him that that test had been satisfactory and

between Lindemann and the Committee. In retrospect, there was some right on both sides: far from holding up radar in favour of infra-red, as has sometimes been suggested, Lindemann earned Watson-Watt’s gratitude, and the latter afterwards wrote, ‘He gave to the radar team support, at the highest level, which was indispensable both psychologically and organizationally.’ Personally, if I had had to discuss with anyone on the Tizard Committee a problem requiring physical insight, I would have valued

device, 290 Bormann, Martin, 463 Bornholm, 347, 349, 431 Bosch, Carl, Jnr, 22–3, P1.3 (d), 26, 28–9, 37, 336, 502–3, 531 Bosch, Carl, Snr, 22 Boscombe Down, 97, 105 Bottomley, Air-Marshal Sir Norman, 479 Bowen, E. G., 41 Boyes, Rear-Admiral Hector, 70 Boyle, Air Commodore A., 162, 183 Bracken, Brendan, 445–6, 498 Braham, Wing Commander J. R., 383 Braun, Werner von, 347 Breaking Wave, The (Taylor), 110 Bredstedt, 104 Bremen, raid on, 468; reconnaissance, 87 Brest, 122, 136, 179,

position in 1940 after the Norwegian evacuation was too obscure for Captain Boyes and me to have met. Inevitably, the question will be asked regarding my own ideas about the identity of the Oslo author. I believe that I know, but the way in which his identity was revealed to me was so extraordinary that it may well not be credited. In any event, it belongs to a later period, and the denouement must wait till then. CHAPTER NINE A Plan For Intelligence AS INTEREST in the secret weapon died

in England, but we did not know where. We even knew the night of the operation, and we went home wondering what the chances were of catching him. When we enquired the following morning, we found that he was already in custody, in hospital in fact. He had been dropped with a radio set so that he could keep in contact with his base, and this had been suspended with him on the same parachute but, fortunately for us, between him and the parachute. As he landed, the radio set hit him on the head and

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