By Nigel West
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Signal intelligence is the most secret, and most misunderstood, weapon in the modern espionage arsenal. In GCHQ: In this hardback book 'The Secret Wireless War', the renowned expert Nigel West traces the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) origins back to the early days of wireless and gives a detailed account of its development since that time. From the moment that Marconi succeeded in transmitting a radio signal across the Channel, Britain has been engaged in a secret wireless war, first against the Kaiser, then Hitler and the Soviet Union.
Following painstaking research, Nigel West is able to describe all GCHQ's disciplines, including direction-finding, interception and traffic analysis, and code breaking. Also explained is the work of several lesser known units such as the wartime Special Wireless Groups and the top-secret Radio Security Service.
Signal intelligence remains a reliable source of information, it is unequalled, which is why GCHQ is several times larger than the much more familiar organisations of MI5 and MI6. And its activities remain cloaked in secrecy. However, GCHQ: The Secret Wireless War certainly shines an unequalled light on what has gone before.
Size: 163x234mm 294 pages Hardback