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The Encyclopaedia of Codenames of World War II

By: Christopher Chant (580.01/35762)
Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul ISBN: 0-7102-0718-2

Overlord…Barbarossa…Bagration…Market Garden… SHO… Maggot…Torch…Sealion…Scipio…Carpetbagger…MI…Window…Rupert.

Codenames such as these were a vita feature of World War II, serving as a type of mental shorthand for those in the know, obscuring the issue for those who were not. Codenames were used from the highest level, in the planning of grand strategic moves affecting the conduct of the whole war, to the lowest command divisions, in the conduct of small-scale tactical operations..

This encyclopaedia, designed to remove the mystery surrounding many of the more important condenames, covers around 3,000 of them. Drawn from all sides – Great Britain, the USA, Germany, the USSR, Japan – and from all theatres war, the book gives an astonishingly complete overview of the conduct of the entire war. Alphabetically arranged, it provides a comprehensive listing of major operations and codewords of World War II. It also includes a sample of other codenames, giving an insight into more obscure operations such as the infiltration of aagenst into occupied Europe and the tactical use of special airborne forcers. In the case of planning and strategic concepts, the author describes the context in which the codename arose and developed. In the case of operational codenames, he provides a summary of the operation: its aims, the forces involved, the commanders, the geographical and time frames in which it happened, and the results. Thorough and very exciting, the encyclopaedia will be indispensable to military historians, tacticians, and wargame enthusiasts, and quite fascinating to anyone with a general interest in World War II.

March 2008


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