'The Second World War involved many complex factors, not all understood equally. One of the most difficult is science as the very word tends to deter many readers. Hartcup's penetrating clarity of understanding is matched only by his ability to provide explanations which are easy to take in and, skilfully, he neither confuses nor patronises the reader. He includes several areas often missed out. This is a most valuable book essential to any proper understanding of the conflict.' - W.J.R Gardner, author of Decoding History: The Battle of the Atlantic and Ultra
'If you thought the science of the second world war began and ended with the atom bomb, you'd be wrong...Hartcup's concise survey, from radar and computerised cryptoanalysis to the atomic bomb, provides an excellent introduction to relations between the boffins and the men in khaki.' - The Guardian
'The author has gathered a great deal of information, which he presents in a lucid and readable manner...I am impressed by [his] knowledge and ability to carry his reader with him. Anybody interested in the wartime development of these topics will acquire a great deal of information in a painless manner...This book is an excellent description of science at war...' - Hermann Bondi, The Times Higher Education Supplement
GUY HARTCUP served in the British and Indian Armies 1939-45 after which he took an Honours Degree at Cambridge in 1947. From 1948-60 we worked as an Historian in the Air Historical Branch of the Air Ministry. He then became an English editor with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna from 1961-2. After returning to England the author was an Assistant Historian in the Cabinet Office Historical Section and, finally, was Historian in the Treasury from 1965-76. His books include Code Name Mulberry: the Planning, Building and Operation of the Normandy Harbours; Camouflage: a History of Concealment and Deception in War; Cockroft and the Atom (with
T. E. Allibone); The War in Invention: Scientific Developments, 1914-18; The Silent Revolution: Development of Conventional Weapons, 1945-85; Operational Research in the RAF; and The Challenge of War: Scientific and Engineering Contributions to World War Two.