Code Breaking in the Pacific

Authors: Donovan, Peter, Mack, John

  • Covers the historical context and the evolution of the technically complex Allied Signals Intelligence (Sigint) activity against Japan from 1920 to 1945
  • Describes, explains and analyzes the code breaking techniques developed during the war in the Pacific
  • Exposes the blunders (in code construction and use) made by the Japanese Navy that led to significant US Naval victories
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This book reveals the historical context and the evolution of the technically complex Allied Signals Intelligence (Sigint) activity against Japan from 1920 to 1945. It traces the all-important genesis and development of the cryptanalytic techniques used to break the main Japanese Navy code (JN-25) and the Japanese Army’s Water Transport Code during WWII. This is the first book to describe, explain and analyze the code breaking techniques developed and used to provide this intelligence, thus closing the sole remaining gap in the published accounts of the Pacific War. The authors also explore the organization of cryptographic teams and issues of security, censorship, and leaks. Correcting gaps in previous research, this book illustrates how Sigint remained crucial to Allied planning throughout the war. It helped direct the advance to the Philippines from New Guinea, the sea battles and the submarine onslaught on merchant shipping. Written by well-known authorities on the history of cryptography and mathematics, Code Breaking in the Pacific is designed for cryptologists, mathematicians and researchers working in communications security. Advanced-level students interested in cryptology, the history of the Pacific War, mathematics or the history of computing will also find this book a valuable resource.

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“It is an important contribution to both the history of the war and the history of cryptanalysis development, as well as an interesting text on techniques of cryptography and cryptanalysis. … The book is well written and reads well. It is well referenced with myriad footnotes. I admire and recommend it.” (Mordechai Ben-Menachem, Computing Reviews, April, 2015)


Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Communications and Sigint

    Donovan, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 3-28

  • Japanese Expansion 1895–1941

    Donovan, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 29-34

  • The GCCS 1919–1941

    Donovan, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 35-47

  • William Friedman and the US Army

    Donovan, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 49-55

  • Early American Naval Sigint

    Donovan, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 57-66

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Code Breaking in the Pacific
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-08278-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-08278-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-08277-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35982-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 387
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