Australia's First Spies: The remarkable story of Australian intelligence operations, 1901-45

Australia's First Spies: The remarkable story of Australian intelligence operations, 1901-45

By: John Fahey (author)Paperback

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Australia was born with its eyes wide open. Although politicians spoke publicly of loyalty to Britain and the empire, in secret they immediately set about protecting Australia's interests from the Germans, the Japanese - and from Britain itself. As an experienced intelligence officer, John Fahey knows how the security services disguise their activities within government files. He has combed the archives to compile the first account of Australia's intelligence operations in the years from Federation to World War II. He tells the stories of dedicated patriots who undertook dangerous operations to protect their new nation, despite a lack of training and support. He shows how the early adoption of advanced radio technology by Australia contributed to the war effort in Europe. He also exposes the bureaucratic mismanagement in World War II that cost many lives, and the leaks that compromised Australia's standing with its wartime allies so badly that Australia was nearly expelled from the Anglo-Saxon intelligence network. Australia's First Spies shows Australia always has been a far savvier operator in international affairs than much of the historical record suggests, and it offers a glimpse into the secret history of the nation.

About Author

Dr John Fahey is a former employee of the Defence Signals Directorate (1988-1996) and served in the British Army and Australian Army full-time and part-time 1975-2014. He is currently an Honorary Associate in the Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism Centre at Macquarie University, and managing director of the Cynergex Group, a medical training company.


Preface, Introduction 1 Wilson Le Couteur's Pacific Mission, 1901 2 Atlee Hunt: Public Servant, Spy Master, 1901-23 3 Enlightened Princes and Wise Generals: Military Intelligence in Early Australia 4 A Prescient Letter: Suspecting Japanese Spies 5 Join the Navy and Spy on the World 6 Australian Success, 1914 7 The Wanetta Organisation, 1901-20 8 National Intelligence, 1901-20 9 The First Coastwatcher 10 Australian Signals Intelligence, 1914-29 11 Hand to Mouth: Australian Signals Intelligence in the 1930s 12 Harry Freame's Japanese Mission, 1941 13 The Coastwatchers Go to War, 1939-42 14 The Lions in the Den: Japanese Counterintelligence 15 Herding Cats: The Allied Intelligence Bureau 16 Australia's First National Signals Intelligence Effort 17 Battle in Asia and the Pacific, 1941-42 18 Establishing Central Bureau, 1942 19 Stepping on Toes: Australia's Attack on Japan's Diplomatic Codes 20 Allied Secret Intelligence Compromised, 1944 21 Saving Australian SIGINT, 1945-47 22 Coastwatching behind Enemy Lines 23 The Solomons and Pacific Area, 1943 24 Human Intelligence in the Attack, 1943-45 25 The Kempeitai's Game, 1942-45 Notes, bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781760631208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 456
  • ID: 9781760631208
  • weight: 610
  • ISBN10: 1760631205

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