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Women of Intelligence
Women of Intelligence

Women of Intelligence

Winning the Second World War with Air Photos


240 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Mobipocket, EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $39.95)

Publication Date: February 2018

ISBN 9780750982450

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Feb 2018)


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The Women of Intelligence is a fascinating exploration of the secret war work carried out by women, including Churchill's daughter, during World War II. This book includes many previously unpublished photographs and entertaining interviews. During World War II an ornate Victorian mansion, overlooking the River Thames at Medmenham, in Buckinghamshire, was the Headquarters of the Allied Central Interpretation Unit. It was here that the air photography, obtained by reconnaissance aircraft flying over the whole of enemy and occupied Europe, was analyzed by Photographic Interpreters: the Intelligence produced from their reports influenced virtually every Allied operation planned and carried out during the war. An analytical mind, curiosity, the ability to search for clues, and recognize the unusual were essential qualities for the Interpreters and found in men and women from scientific and artistic backgrounds. Women made up half of the work force, as every aspect of enemy activity was watched and analyzed. The Women of Intelligence explores the wartime life and work of the women of Medmenham—in their own words.

Author Biography

Christine Halsall has had a lifelong love of history. In 1992 she married a retired Army officer who spent much of his career in Photographic Intelligence (PI). On retirement her and her husband volunteered to work in the Medmenham Collection – the national archive of PI history, based in Buckinghamshire. As Collection Biographer, Christine has interviewed and recorded many Second World War photographic interpreters. She is currently consultant to the BBC for a forthcoming documentary on PI.