Secret Allies in the Pacific

Covert Intelligence and Code Breaking Cooperation Between the United States, Great Britain, and Other Nations Prior to the Attack on Pearl Harbor


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About the Book

Even though the United States was still officially at peace prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, it was secretly devising a chain of intelligence-sharing alliances with future allies in the impending war in the Pacific. This work is divided into four sections, which bring together bits and pieces of often isolated details about the intelligence alliance, allowing readers to gain a sense of how it came to exist, how it functioned and what were its limitations, often severe. Section One discusses the efforts of the Washington, Hawaii and Philippines units in breaking all cryptographic systems used by foreign powers. Section Two covers the roles of Canada and Australia, the secondary powers of the British commonwealth, the Dutch East Indies and China, the secondary independent powers, and other players in the Allied effort. Section Three concentrates on other covert intelligence sharing in London, Hawaii and the Philippines. Section Four ends the text with a discussion of the suppression and their revelation of the role of Great Britain.

About the Author(s)

Roland H. Worth, Jr., is the author of many books. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Roland H. Worth, Jr.

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 222
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2001
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1136-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5099-2
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “a highly useful addition”—Communication Booknotes Quarterly
  • “few studies…have ranged so widely and probed so deeply into prewar intelligence gathering…comprehensive examination”—Proceedings
  • “a concise summary of prewar allied intelligence gathering and sharing”—The Journal of America’s Military Past
  • “a particularly valuable contribution to the literature of the Pacific War…a useful book”—The New York Military Affairs Symposium
  • “brings together pieces of often isolated details, allowing you to gain a sense of how the chain of alliances came to exist, how they functioned and what were their limitations”—Cryptologia
  • “very readable…quite interesting…cover[s] a wide range of pre-war Sigint and covert intelligence activities”—Intelligence and National Security