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This is an auction for BRITISH SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE 1939-1945 by R V Jones.

Originally published in the UK as MOST SECRET WAR. THE WIZARD WAR is the US title.

Surely one of the dozen best books about the War.
- DH review:

"R.V. Jones was a superb engineer. He combined calm, clear-eyed logic with a gritty determination to always find things out for himself. He analysed what was going on in the emerging field of radar, and consistently out-guessed the Germans and his own military intelligence organizations about what was coming next, and when. Were it not that Churchill spotted his talent Jones would have had his job snatched away. The British military intelligence apparatus during WWII was remarkable for the calibre of the talent it contained, and the relatively free-wheeling interaction amongst them. Jones's account of the development of radar is fascinating. Jones recognized the significance of the activity at Peenemünde and had radar listening posts set up to learn - as quickly as the Germans themselves did - how the V-1's range and accuracy was progressing. Towards the end of the War only about five per cent of the V-1s got through the British defences. It is a clear sign of Hitler's delusion that he felt the horribly expensive V-2 rocket was more effective when it was dropping a ton of explosives on London than a German bomber was when it could drop five tons - and at far less cost. Naturally, it was in the analysis of the forthcoming V-2 that Jones ran into his bitterest resistance. This is a fascinating history of a fascinating era."

Hardback 1978.

556 pages.

Photographs and other illustrations throughout.

Good condition.

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