Bletchley Park's Role in Breaking Japan's Secret Ciphers
By Michael Smith
Many know the story of Bletchley Park in breaking the Enigma codes during WWII but far fewer know the extraordinary story of their role in breaking the Japanese Codes during the war. Written by Michael Smith who also wrote the Sunday Times bestseller Station X, this book The Emperor's Codes, continues the tale of how Japan's codes were broken and explores the consequences for the Second World War.
The Emperor's Codes covers the period from before the fall of Singapore through to the dropping of the atom bomb in 1945. The book is told through the stories of John Tiltman, the eccentric British soldier turned codebreaker who made many of the early breaks into Japanese diplomatic and military codes; Eric Nave, the Australian sailor recruited to work for the British who pioneered breakthroughs in Japanese naval codes; and Hiroshi Oshima, the hard-drinking Japanese ambassador to Berlin whose candid reports to Tokyo of his conversations with Hitler and other high-ranking Nazis were a major source of intelligence in the war against Germany.
Packed with detailed explanations and colourful stories many of these revelations have been made possible only thanks to recently declassified British files, privileged access to Australian secret official histories and interviews with an unprecedented number of British, American and Australian codebreakers. A thoroughly recommended read for those interested in the wider story of what Bletchley Park did in WWII.
Size: 129x198mm, 368 pages. ISBN: 9781785907654