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Author Name:    WINTON, John

Title:   Ultra at Sea : How Breaking the Nazi Code Affected Allied Naval Strategy During World War II. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Leo Cooper, London, 1988, ISBN:0850528836 

Seller ID:   100153

WINTON, John. Ultra at Sea. London : Leo Cooper, (1988). First Printing. Pp. (8),1-218, + 8 p. of plates. Illustrated. 8vo, blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. John Pratt, pen name John Winton (b May 3, 1931 in London d. April 27, 2001, London). "This, remarkably, is the first book to study in depth the use of ULTRA at sea. Other books, such as Ronald Lewin's The Ultra Secret, have touched on some of the main topics discussed here, but no one has hitherto undertaken a detailed examination of the practical application of ULTRA intelligence at sea. It is, as the author says, like focusinga bright light on to something that had hitherto been seen pnly in outline . Suddenly events that had formerly been dimly comprehended became startlingly obvious. One excellent example is the attack on the German battleship Tirpitz in April, 1944. She had been badly damaged by midget submarines in September, 1943, had been repaired and made ready for sea and was just due to sail fromher Norwegian fjord when Corsairs and Barracudas appeared overhead and many months of hard work were undone in a few minutes. At the time it looked like a very lucky coincidenc. Now we know that ULTRA had provided the information. So high does John Winton rate the effect of ULTRA on the war at sea that he even suggests that there might be a case for rewriting Roskill's Official History in the light of what we now know. Apart from analysing the effect of ULTRA on the Royal Navy's role in the Second World War, John Winton also examines the difficult problemof how much of the information provided by ULTRA could safely be used. Use it too often and the enemy smell a rat, alter the system and then there will be no more information. His conclusion is not entirely favourable to the British whose carelesssness,he thinks, was only outmatched by the stupidity ad arrogance of the German s. This fascinating book will certainly cause many people to reassess theirviews on much that went on at sea during the Second World War." (from the dj). Contents: 1. Early Pre-ULTRA Days; 2. The Mediterranean and Matapan, March, 1941; 3. Bismarck; 4. The Slaughter of Bismarck's Tankers and Supply Ships; 5. The 'Channel Dash', February, 1942; 6. Tirpitz in the North; 7. Disaster and Triumph in the Arctic -- From PQ17 to the North Cape; 8. The End of Tirpitz; 9. The War against the U-boats, 1941-42; 10. The U-Boat War, Convoys TM1 and SC118, January-March, 1943; 11. The U-BOat War, Convoys HX229 and SC122, March, 1943; 12. The U-Boat War, Convoy ONS5, May, 1943; 13. The Bay of Biscay Offensive, Summer, 1943; 14. ULTRA in the Mediterranean, 1941-42; 15. How ULTRA was nearly lost. Name, else very good in spine-sunned unclipped dustjacket. 20.00


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