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Most Secret War R.V Jones. British Scientific Intelligence 1939 -1945 This is R.V. Jones’s account of his part in British Scientific Intelligence during the Second World War. He was nothing less than a genius. His appointment to the Intelligence Section of Britain’s Air Ministry led to some of the most astonishing scientific and technological breakthroughs It was his responsibility to anticipate German applications of science to warfare, so that their new weapons could be countered before they were used. Much of his work had to do with radio navigation, as in the Battle of the Beams, with Radar, as in the Allied Bomber Offensive and in the preparations for D-Day and in the war at sea. He was also in charge of intelligence against the V-1 (flying bomb) and the V-2 (rocket) retaliations weapons and, although the Germans were some distance away from success, against their nuclear weapons. In Most Secret War he details how Britain stealthily stole the war from under the Germans’ noses by outsmarting their intelligence at every turn. He tells of many ingenious ideas and devices. Jones was the man with the plan to save Britain and his story makes for riveting reading Reginald Victor Jones is […]
Anglo Boer War VRYHEID
VRYHEID COMMANDO Personalities John Arthur Hassell An American with the Vryheid Commando, An American mining engineer, descendant of Dutch Huguenots was living in Vryheid and working in Zululand when the Anglo Boer War started, Oct 1899. He immediately joined Ward 4 of the Vryheid Commando under Fieldcornet van der Berg. While he was with the Vryheid Commando, Hassell faught at the battles of Talana, saw action at Ladysmith and fighting along the Tugela River and Spioenkop. He was present at Colenso when Winston Churchill was captured. Twice he was wounded, once in the attack on Caesar’s Hill and again at Estcourt, where he received a bayonet thrust in the head which disabled him for several weeks and deprived him of the honour of being General Botha’s adjutant. On March 1900,h He was Appointed Captain in the “Verkennerskorps” After the exciting days of the Natal campaign, believing there were other Americans in the country who would be willing to fight under an American leader, he placed a advertisement in the Standard and Diggers News (an English-language newspaper published in Johannesburg) That produced about sixty recruits, and succeeded with permission in gathering what probably was the strangest body of men in the war to […]