The Third Reich is Listening

Inside German codebreaking 1939–45

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The Third Reich is Listening

Inside German codebreaking 1939–45


Drawing on recently declassified documents, and now available in paperback, this is the utterly compelling history of the successes and failures of the German Intelligence Services throughout World War II.

The success of the Allied codebreakers at Bletchley Park was one of the iconic intelligence achievements of World War II, immortalized in films such as The Imitation Game and Enigma. But cracking Enigma was only half of the story. Across the Channel, German intelligence agencies were hard at work breaking British and Allied codes.

Now updated in paperback, The Third Reich is Listening is a gripping blend of modern history and science, and describes the successes and failures of Germany's codebreaking and signals intelligence operations from 1935 to 1945. The first mainstream book that takes an in-depth look at German cryptanalysis in World War II, it tells how the Third Reich broke the ciphers of Allied and neutral countries, including Great Britain, France, Russia, and Switzerland.

This book offers a dramatic new perspective on one of the biggest stories of World War II, using declassified archive material and colorful personal accounts from the Germans at the heart of the story, including a former astronomer who worked out the British order of battle in 1940, a U-boat commander on the front line of the Battle of the Atlantic, and the German cryptanalyst who broke into and read crucial codes of the British Royal Navy.

Table of Contents


Part One: Germany Ascendant
Part Two: Germany Offensive
Part Three: Germany at War
Part Four: Germany Defensive

Bibliography and Sourcing

Product details

Published Oct 29 2019
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 368
ISBN 9781472829542
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 16pp plate section in black and white.
Dimensions 234 x 153 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Christian Jennings

Christian Jennings is a British freelance foreign…


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