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November 11, 2011

Codebreaker

Joe Rochefort's War coverIn celebration of Veterans Day, here's a question: What if the U.S. had lost the battle of Midway? Mercifully, we'll never know. But the U.S. victory could not have happened without the codebreaking skill and the unflinching courage — a relentless determination to be heard — of Joe Rochefort, then head of "Station Hypo" at Pearl Harbor. Elliot Carlson tells the story of this complex, extraordinary man in Joe Rochefort's War. WWII may now seem like ancient history but there's still a lot we can learn from it. Thanks, Elliot! Total runtime forty five minutes. Bis peccāre in bellō nōn licet.

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Interesting interview. It reminded me of how important guile is when you are viewed as an "outsider" in a very vertical organization.

"Swede" Momson used every trick he knew in order to get the authorization to build the "Albacore". He was certain that hull shape was more important than propulsion system. Nice story here:

http://ussalbacore.org/html/albacore_story.html

Thank goodness these people persevere.

Yes. Most interesting. I'd like to hear you interview another author who has recently published a book on WW II (although on a much more incendiary subject) - Mark Felton. His book: "Slaughter at Sea: The Story of Japan's Naval War Crimes" Pen & Sword, November 2011.
Having seen a review, I've put the book on my "to read" list.

And thanks to Mike for the link to the Albacore.

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