Image from The Crypto Museum – https://www.cryptomuseum.com/df/hro/index.htm
I have just finished reading a very well researched and written book “The Secret Listeners”. The book describes the British “Y Service” and how important they were as they sent the messages intercepted from the German’s to Bletchley Park. The book is a very human accounting and reads more like a history book than a spy thriller, and it is a story that is very important, and perhaps previously overlooked.
I enjoyed reading how the receiver of choice by the Y Service was the National HRO. I also enjoyed reading about all of the far flung outposts where they had monitoring stations – for both the European and OC-ASIA theatres of the war. In fact, I was able to see how many of the DXCC entities came into being – the bulk of them exist because of WWII and the changing world in its aftermath (one “by product” was the collapse of colonial European entities in Africa, but also in other parts of the world).
My Father was from Germany – but the Holoch’s left Stuttgart in the 1920’s – so my Father fought for the US and landed on the beach at Normandy. My Mother was from the UK – Devon to be exact, and the book covered many places in Devon that I have been to – so that was very interesting. My Mother was a war bride – so that angle was also covered. Sinclair was wise to interview so many from my parents generation who were in the Y Service and related services in the war.
One thing that saddened me a bit was seeing how we were all allies and fought together and now seeing how far down the dope ladder we have come as a country under Mega Schmuck Trump. Its hard for me to fathom that we had such an alliance and that our parents fought for what was right – and now where America is today. America has NOT been made “great again” – else we would look more like we did in WWII than we do today. They didn’t dodge their duty with bone spurs and they lived with dignity and honor. Many gave their lives for their country and did not put their personal bank accounts before country as our politicians to do today.
I can only hope the pendulum will swing back toward some semblance of reason.