Saturday, June 27, 2009
Ultra in the West: The Normandy Campaign of 1944-45 by Ralph Bennett describes the use of intercepted German communications in the Allied campaign in northwestern Europe. Bennett one of the participants is able to give insights into the material that most historians would be unable to. He's perhaps a little quick to criticize Eisenhower and Montgomery for failing to take note of the intelligence. He also points out that it seemed like particularly around the time of the Battle of the Bulge that the traditional means of intelligence gathering were ignored. If it wasn't confirmed by Ultra it wasn't going to happen.