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'Blinker' Hall: Spymaster: The Man Who Brought America into World War I

by David Ramsay

Publisher: The History Press
Pages: 320
Paperback
ISBN: 9780752453989






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Overview of 'Blinker' Hall: Spymaster: The Man Who Brought America into World War I

Admiral Sir Reginald 'Blinker' Hall, the Director of Naval Intelligence (DNI) for most of the First World War - described as 'a genius in his own sphere and brilliantly successful' - was one of the outstanding if largely unrecognized naval leaders of the conflict. Naval intelligence's ability to read and analyse German naval and diplomatic signals on a daily basis was a significant factor in the allied victory. The Germans never realised that their codes had been broken. The interception and decrypting of the Zimmermann telegram, surely one of the most significant coups in the history of intelligence, was the catalyst that brought the United States into the War.

The German unrestricted submarine warfare campaign was then coming dangerously close to cutting Britain's supply routes. The effective interface between intelligence and operations, instituted by Hall and the anti-submarine chief, Admiral Duff, together with the introduction of convoy and with the Royal and US Navies Working successfully together, resulted in the defeat of the U-boats.

Hall's dynamic leadership, talent for lateral thinking and force of personality were essential to these successes. Above all, he was endowed with the guile and ruthlessness which kept him one step ahead of a formidable and determined enemy and their widespread espionage and subversion operations.

In 'Blinker' Hall: Spymaster, David Ramsay' examines this fascinating man and his invaluable legacy.

Synopsis of 'Blinker' Hall: Spymaster: The Man Who Brought America into World War I

Admiral Sir Reginald “Blinker” Hall, the director of Naval Intelligence for most of World War I, was one of the outstanding—if largely unrecognized—naval leaders of the war and this is a gripping study of this fascinating man and his invaluable legacy. Naval Intelligence’s ability to read and analyze German naval and diplomatic signals on a daily basis was a significant factor in the Allied victory, as the Germans never realized that their codes had been broken. The revelation of the Zimmermann Telegram, depicted as one of the most exciting events in the history of intelligence, was astutely handled by Hall and served as the catalyst that brought America into the war in April 1917. The effective interface between intelligence and operations, instituted by Hall and the antisubmarine chief, together with the introduction of convoys resulted in the defeat of the seemingly unstoppable U-boats. Hall’s dynamic leadership, talent for lateral thinking, and force of personality were essential to these successes, but above all, Hall was endowed with the guile and ruthlessness that kept him one step ahead of a formidable and determined enemy as well as their widespread espionage and subversion operations.

About the Author, David Ramsay

David Ramsay is the author of Lusitania.

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