A Code-breaker's Tale - Hugh MelinskyDereham: The Larks Press, 1998, Paperback.
Condition: Good. Faded at the spine and onto the margins of the wrappers. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Further reading list; Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Black & white drawings; Maps;
From the cover: “In 1943 Hugh Melinsky was studying Classics at Cambridge while waiting for his call-up to the RAF. Then one day his tutor asked him if he would like to learn Japanese. By answering ‘yes’ he began an adventure which was to take him right round the world. He was to join the army and serve with the Wireless Units in Australia, at both Brisbane and Darwin, breaking the codes of the Japanese pilots whose masters were then threatening complete domination in the South West Pacific. He was at the recapture of Borneo, and the Philippines, Delhi and Singapore all feature on his itinerary. It fell to him to translate for General MacArthur the first Japanese radio news reports of the ‘new-type bomb’ which had fallen on Hiroshima. When he finally returned to Britain in 1946 he found his army record completely blank; no one knew what he had been doing for three years! This book tells the story of one man’s war. It is a most unusual story. “