Signals From Behind Enemy Lines
By David Hebditch
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Clandestine radio operators had one of the most dangerous jobs of World War II. Those in Nazi-occupied Europe for the SOE, MI6 and the OSS had a life-expectancy of just six weeks whilst in the Gilbert Islands the Japanese decapitated 17 New Zealand 'Coast Watchers'.
If you think that spies across Europe simply opened a suitcase and start tapping out their vital messages, the reality comes as a shock. They operated a radio that weighed around 25Kg which needed a 20m wire aerial, had to send encoded messages at an exact time, for a maximum of a couple of minutes and all whilst hoping there wasn't going to be the dreaded 'knock on the door'. David Hebditch describes in this this meticulously researched book, the people, the technology they used and even the ingenious codes used.
Covert Radio Agents, 1939-1945 not only tells the dramatic stories of these 'behind the lines' highly skilled agents' who had to maintain regular contact and pass vital intelligence back but also details the equipment they used. Who were they? How were they trained? How did they survive against the odds? This book is highly informative about the clandestine activities and equipment of Allied spies in World War II.
Size 320pages, 155x236mm, Hardback