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Bennett Ralph Intelligence Investigations How Ultra Changed History Studies in Intelligence Series Frank Cass UKISBS US 1996 I tracked down this book due to the favorable comments of an intell historian His recommendation was right on the mark Intelligence and logistics are two of the most overlooked categories of military history Fortunately Ralph Bennett has helped fill in the gaps on the role of intelligence in WW II with his three previous books His newest book is another work that is mandatory reading for those interested in a proper understanding of Ultra The book is a collection of ten essays in which the first five look at some of the broader issues and aspects of Ultra while the latter five are more akin to case studies The earlier essays deal with Ultra and strategic decisions with two focused on the Mediterranean while another critically assesses a decades worth of intelligence writing roughly 1977-86 There are many points of note in these chapters but let me mention a view eg Bennetts warning of the dangers of writing intelligence history from the winning side the contributions of Ultra to strategic matters as opposed to tactical and the lack of respect that intelligence officers and their work received during the interwar years and at the onset of the war In my opinion the best point that Bennett raises is that the resultant lessons for a more flexible and receptive future in which the anticipated volume of information might obscure the risk that excessive dependence on foreknowledge could lead our action to become little more than reaction to what we knew of their intentions and hence the loss of the initiative and perhaps of the chance of victory too The second five essays look at the role or lack thereof of Ultra information regarding the German attack on Titos HQ at Drvar Rsselsprung the Allied efforts against the Gothic Line a possible drive
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