Top Secret Exchange: The Tizard Mission and the Scientific War

Hardcover | May 28, 1996

byDavid Zimmerman

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Zimmerman traces the early development of the mission from Britain's initial attempts at technical cooperation in World War I and unsuccessful efforts to restart it in the late 1930s. He highlights Winston Churchill's prominent, yet remarkably inconsistent, role in the story and the often tumultuous diplomatic relations with the Roosevelt administration. Among the secrets Britain revealed was the cavity magnetron, which made microwave radar possible. The Tizard Mission established an effective system of teamwork for Allied technical and scientific cooperation, and it was this teamwork that proved to be a crucial factor in Allied technical superiority. It was also the beginning of the much longer story of Anglo-American scientific and technical cooperation. The Tizard Mission served as a model for the international technical cooperation that continues today in organizations such as NATO.

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In Top Secret Exchange: The Tizard Mission and the Scientific War, author David Zimmerman reveals how the Tizard Mission established an effective system of teamwork for Allied technical and scientific co-operation during World War II, an arrangement that proved crucial in establishing Allied technical superiority. He demonstrates how t...

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Zimmerman traces the early development of the mission from Britain's initial attempts at technical cooperation in World War I and unsuccessful efforts to restart it in the late 1930s. He highlights Winston Churchill's prominent, yet remarkably inconsistent, role in the story and the often tumultuous diplomatic relations with the Roosev...

David Zimmerman is associate professor of military history, University of Victoria."

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:May 28, 1996Publisher:McGill-Queen's University Press

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ISBN - 10:0773514015

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In Top Secret Exchange: The Tizard Mission and the Scientific War, author David Zimmerman reveals how the Tizard Mission established an effective system of teamwork for Allied technical and scientific co-operation during World War II, an arrangement that proved crucial in establishing Allied technical superiority. He demonstrates how the mission marked the beginning of the much longer story of Anglo-American scientific and technical co-operation that still thrives in organizations like NATO.

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"Zimmerman makes a sound and convincing claim for the significance of the Tizard Mission as a landmark in the evolution of Allied scientific and technological cooperation during World War II. He gives us the fullest and best picture yet of the details of the mission. The subject is important and the author's contribution to scholarship is original and exciting." Wesley K. Wark, Department of History, University of Toronto.