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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 […]
Emil Carl Christiaan Tamsen
Emil Carl Christiaan Tamsen 2 Jan 1862 – 30 July 1957 was a South African philatelist, and one of the founders in 1894 of the Johannesburg Philatelic Society. Tamsen was an expert in the stamps of Transvaal and early Southern Africa which he researched and wrote, and he. Until his death, at the grand old age of 95, he dominated the philatelic scene in SA. He began collecting during his boyhood collecting on a world-wide basis. In order to enhance his collection, he maintained an extensive correspondence with collectors all over the World. The innumerable surviving items sent and received by him, which are a feature of many postal history collections, are a measure of the volume of this correspondence. He played an important role in many philatelic organizations. The depth of his knowledge of the postal history of the Boer Republics, in particular, was beyond dispute, and a number of honours were bestowed upon him. Early Life Tamsen was born in NABY, Schleswig-Holstein, on 2 January 1862, at that time part of Denmark. He was the son of Franz August Tamsen and Friedericke Schuffman. He left for Pretoria in 1880 when he was still eighteen when emigrated to South Africa and must, therefore, have […]