The U.S. Military Intelligence Pocket Manual


Chris McNab

This pocket manual looks at American military intelligence during World War II using contemporary manuals and briefings.
Date Published :
September 2023
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Series :
The Pocket Manual Series
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diagrams and illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781636241388
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 7.8 X 5 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


This pocket manual looks at American military intelligence during World War II using contemporary manuals and briefings.

On December 7, 1941, an Imperial Japanese carrier strike force attacked the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, taking advantage of what was one of the greatest intelligence failures in US history. Galvanized into action, the branches of the US military subsequently developed one of the greatest, albeit imperfect, intelligence-gathering and analyzing systems of the combatant nations, giving the American forces a window into the intentions of their enemies.

The picture of US military intelligence during World War II is a complex one, divided between the fields of signal intelligence (SIGINT) and human intelligence (HUMINT), combat intelligence and War Department intelligence, and between numerous different organizations. The documents collected in this manual reveal the theoretical and practical efforts in this massive intelligence operation. It ranges from fundamentals such as how to observe and record enemy activity and intercept enemy radio traffic through to specialist activities such as cryptanalysis, photoreconnaissance, interrogating prisoners, and undercover agent operations. This painstaking work required sharp, attentive minds, sometimes working behind a desk, sometimes right on the frontlines, but the outputs from intelligence operatives could ultimately make the difference between victory and defeat in battle.

About The Author

Dr Chris McNab is an author and historian, his principal subject areas being military history and military technology. He has written more than 100 non-fiction titles, including many Casemate pocket manuals relating to World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. Chris has appeared in several TV documentaries as an expert commentator, and he also works as an educational consultant, specializing in the development of textbooks and teaching materials.

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