Kept in the Dark
The denial to Bomber Command of vital Ultra intelligence information in WW2
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Aviation Book Reviews: Kept in the Dark






This fascinating historical revelation goes to the very heart of British and Allied Intelligence during World War II, specifically in the context of planning, control and implementation of the combined bomber offensive against Germany. There are sound arguments based on official archives that the handling of much air intelligence was faulty and reasons to believe that some departments within Whitehall were influenced by parochial and personal attitudes that interfered with the selection of strategic targets and the planning of the bombing offensives. In some
departments within Whitehall and even the Air Ministry, there was a culpable failure to understand and appreciate the operational capabilities and limitations of the RAF and USAAF bomber forces.

After the evacuation of the BEF the only means of destroying the Axis production of arms and munitions fell to the RAF and this was their prime objective for the rest of the war. The destruction of arms factories, power stations, air and ship production was the underlining objective, although when special targets, such as the break-outs of the German navy's major warships and U-Boats were deemed vital, the RAF were expected to react immediately. Much of Britain's intelligence was gathered from the German ENIGMA signals and became known as ULTRA with a security classification of MOST SECRET. Apart from the brilliant work at Bletchley Park there were other inputs from partisans throughout occupied Europe, Allied agents and various forms of reconnaissance. It was a new type of warfare that developed and improved as the war progressed but all too often the bomber squadrons were put into unnecessary peril through imprecise and unthinking demands from the highest levels of government.

Link:
Many thanks to Pen & Sword Aviation Books for the review copy, buy it here; www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
Rating:
An absolutely fascinating read! The level of detail and information included in this book is incredible and must have taken years to research.
Recommended to anyone with an interest in RAF Bomber Command in WW2!
Kept in the Dark - The denial to Bomber Command of intelligence in WW2 - Pen & Sword books -
 
 
Kept in the Dark - The denial to Bomber Command of intelligence in WW2 - Pen & Sword books -
Title:
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Author:
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ISBN:
9
Format:
Hardback, 240 x 165mm, 230 pages including black and white photographs
Publ. date:
April 2010
Kept in the Dark - The denial to Bomber Command of intelligence in WW2 - Pen & Sword books -
Aviation Book Reviews at www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman May 2010