Invaluable Service: The secret history of New Zealand’s signals intelligence during two world warsDesmond Ball, Cliff Lord & Meredith Thatcher
Paper/220x156. 496 pp. Illus.
With 42 pages of plates.
This book describes the secret activities of the many people and places involved with listening to and decoding the enemy’s signals during two world wars. Known as SIGINT for Signals Intelligence, this is New Zealand’s unseen contribution.
The authors have unearthed and brought to light much of what has been lost or hidden during these years, including New Zealand’s significant contribution to the nerve-wracking scramble to locate the Scharnhorst
battle cruiser in the northern Atlantic Ocean in 1943.
Because secrecy was paramount, their station locations and personnel, their triumphs and failures, were never reported. And this secrecy continues to the present day, having all but sunk out of sight. As Dr Warren Tucker, the Director of the Security Intelligence Service, comments in his foreword “I am delighted that this book now puts firmly into the public arena a record of New Zealand’s small but important SIGINT contribution to the wartime Allied effort.”
This book is a must for all with an interest in intelligence matters, as well as those who enjoy insider histories of the war.Contents
|Chapter 1||The Beginnings of SIGINT in New Zealand|
|Chapter 2||Direction, Organisation and Cooperation|
|Chapter 3||Awarua Radio (ZLB)|
|Chapter 4||Musick Point, Auckland|
|Chapter 5||Wellington Radio (ZLW)|
|Chapter 6||New Zealand’s SIGINT activities in Fiji|
|Chapter 7||New Zealand Army SIGINT activities|
|Chapter 8||Naval Wireless Station, Rapaura|
|Chapter 9||Waiouru Naval W/T Station|
|Chapter 10||Monitoring Enemy Radio Broadcasts|
|Chapter 11||‘Incalculable Aid’|
|Appendix||Report on ‘New Zealand Naval “Y”, H/F D/F and Special Intelligence Organisation’, 17 December 1942. DECLASSIFIED|
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