PDF (Joe Rocheforts War) BY Elliot Carlson
T on Midway Island by the Japanese in June 42 As has been said the Battle of Midway was not just a game changer for the outcome As has been said the Battle of Midway was not just a game changer for the outcome WWII it very well may have been a game changer for the outcome of Western history as we now know it to follow this logic one must read the book and its subseuent appendiciesThis book is not so much about the actual Battle of Midway there are other fine books on That Subject But It Gives subject but it gives an insight as to how the US Navy under ADM Nimitz was able to foresee the coming battle and to be in place to take advantage of an historic situation Of course there is far to this book than the breaking of the Japanese codes which was absolutely insturmental in preparing for the Battle of Midway it is the story about a young naval officer who put his all into very assignement he undertook throughout his Navy career Joe Rohefort was a uniue officer with strong convictions who was at the right place at the right time This book should become a classic to all students of naval history Like Rochefort s work this book is a rich well researched and detail oriented history of his life as it paralleled the genesis and ventual heyday of Naval cryptology radio and communications intelligence Through a lifetime of ffort and struggle it is a shining xample of how the right man in the right place at the right moment can have an outsized ffect on history Buried even if not well known or appreciated for years Excellent book Amazing the bureaucracy backstabbing and just staff red tape happened before during and after WW2 Unfortunately it seems this is a time honored tradition that is just about the same as it was over 70 years ago just with better communication systems to stab others in the back and torpedo pun intended their careersNonetheless a great victory for his true legacy and am happy his merits were recognized though unfortunately posthumouslyHis brilliance was finally recognized and documented piece by piece in how he mastered analysis cryptography and fusion with his knowledge of the Japanese language and customsI hope I and others take these lessons to heart Well written superb research full of technical and personal details but with a focus for the big picture Many new findings but none as important as when Rochefort reviews the causes of the Pearl Harbor attack and realizes that the cultural mindset prevented americans to really believe in a probable Japanese attack and itsnsuing conseuences The book is full of similar observations An interesting balanced and well written biography of Rochefort and a great history of US fforts against Japanese naval codesCarlson ably covers the achievements of Rochefort and his team how his uniue xperiences prepared him for the job and how they led him to a mistaken belief that he was irreplaceable Rochefort would be demoted within months of the battle at Midway and would nd the war in command of a floating dry dock Carlson does a fine job xplaining Rochefort s talent and dedication as well as his indiscretion regarding his own opinions on colleagues and superior officersThe writing is ngaging and the time period shortly before Midway is particularly gripping Carlson does a great job showing the long painstaking drudgery often involved in intelligence work However there seems to be too much on Rochefort s feud with the Redmans and Carlson also writes about Ring s Flight to Nowhere as if it were an stablished fact Some of the sections also read like Carlson tries too hard to find conspiracies in Rochefort s feuds when they seem like bureaucratic screwups The narrative can also transition awkwardly at timesA comprehensive well researched work This is a biography of the military career of Joe Rochefort famous for leading the group at Pearl Harbor that was able to read nough of the Japanese Navy s code in the spring of 1942 This group was able to ascertain the Japanese intent to invade the atolls at Midway Is. Ation Hypo The book focuses on Rochefort's inspiring leadership of Hypo recording first his frustrating months in late 1941 searching for Yamamoto's fleet then capturing a guilt ridden Rochefort in arly 1942 mounting a redemptive ffort to track that fleet after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor It details his critical role in May 1942 when he and his team against the bitter opposition of some top Navy brass concluded Midway was Yamamoto's invasion target making possible a victory regarded by many as the turning point in the Pacific War The account also tells the story of Rochefort's ouster from Pearl the result of the machinations of key officers in Washington first to deny him the Distinguished Service Medal recommended by Admiral Nimitz then to ffect his removal as OIC of Hypo The book reports his productive final years in the Navy when he supervises the building of a floating drydock on the West Coast then back in Washington finds himself directing a planning body charged with doing spade work leading to the inva. This is an xceptional book wonderfully written and meticulously documented that tells key vents hidden behind the history that most are familiar with Joe Rochefort was the cryptographer who s work informed ADM Nimitz of Japanese intentions and timing at Midway A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, enabling the most important naval victory of WWII As a biography the story is asntertaining as a novel It provides insight on the challenges of intelligence work the unknowns the wrong conclusions the bureaucracy politics relationships with senior leaders the value of prediction the agony of being wrong and not seeing what is happening and the joy of being dead on This is The Shadow Reader easily an introduction to the art and science of the timeless aspects of all source intelligence and cryptography And it s a great story I m not normally a WWII history buff but I heard about this book on NPR thought it sounded intriguing and decided to give it a shot What an interesting read The book is a biography of the nav This incredibly fascinating book was a follow on from my Pacific War read last year This is not a story of war at sea at least not specifically It is as the subtitle clearly indicates the amazing story of how code breaking led to one of the most significant US Naval victories in its history Joe Rochefort was in charge of a super secret unit at Pearl Harbor whose mission was to try to read orven break the Fleet Officer s code of the Imperial Japanese Navy Rochefort s unit was not alone in this ndeavor as Australian and Dutch cryptographers were all working on bits of the code Additionally there were other US Navy codebreaking units working on the Japanese diplomatic code as well as the main Japanese naval fleet cipher This was a classic bureaucracy and of course naturally the codebreakers in DC were reluctant to share with the Pearl Harbor group Despite these obstacles and failures Pearl Harbor was certainly a failure of cryptanalysis they kept at it How they did it is beyond summary but it is a mesmerizing taleThe great historical story here is how Rochefort and his team persevered xtrapolating the most arcane bits of data they never completely broke the code but were able to read bits of messages and then use radio direction finding uipment to locate the Japanese fleet So why was it a famous victory If you don t know here s the brief version Six months after the Japanese navy left much of the Pacific battle fleet burning hulks at Pearl Harbor the Japanese navy ruled the western Pacific The Japanese plan was to lure the remnants of the Pacific fleet to destruction somewhere near Hawaii We were grievously outnumbered with only three aircraft carriers but due to Rochefort s codebreaking team we knew where the Japanese fleet would be In the nd the US Navy sunk four Japanese aircraft to the loss of one From that moment on and this was less than six months after the Pearl Harbor attack the Japanese Navy went on the defensive They never regained the offense And it was a tremendous gamble or perhaps a tremendous trust in the Rochefort unit It s a great story Brilliant biography of the man who is arguably the Rochefort unit It s a great story Brilliant biography of the man who is arguably Battle of Midway s most unsung hero We all know the story of the The Power Of A Choice epic naval battle that gave the US Navy it s decisive victory that ultimately turned the tide in The War in the Pacific but most have never heard of Joseph Rochefort nor know about how crucial his intelligence work was to America s ultimate destruction of the IJN s strike carrier force Sadly a victim of a power play that would see his role being downplayed and in his lifetime would not get the recognition that he so deserved Absolutely an outstanding book one of those historical tales that should have come to light 40 years ago Elliot Carlson did a masterful job in pulling together the facts and stories about Joe Rochefort who was instrumental in bringing communicatoncrypto intelligence into the modern age and just in time to predict the assul. This is the first biography of Capt Joe Rochefort the Officer in Charge of Station Hypo the US Navy's decrypt unit at Pearl Harbor and his key role in breaking the Imperial Japanese Navy's main code before the Battle of Midway It brings together the disparate threads of Rochefort's life and career beginning with hisnlistment in the Naval Reserve in 1918 at age 17 dropping out of high school and adding a year to his age It chronicles his arliest days as a mustang an officer who has risen from the ranks his fortuitous posting to Washington where he headed the Navy's codebreaking desk at age 25 then in another unexpected twist found himself assigned to Tokyo to learn JapaneseThis biography records Rochefort's surprising love hate relationship with cryptanalysis his joyful xit from the field his love of sea duty his adventure filled years in the '30s as the right hand man to the Commander in Chief US Fleet and his reluctant return to codebreaking in mid 1941 when he was ordered to head the Navy's decrypt unit at Pearl St.
Read Joe Rocheforts WarLand in the central Pacific a move whose purpose was to lure the US Navy into a battle that the Japanese hoped would allow them to destroy the American carriers allowing Japan to control the Pacific Ocean and solidify its hold on its conuests with the hope that the US would sue for peaceRochefort was uniuely ualified because he was xpert in Cryptanalysis radio communications and the Japanese language the only USN officer skilled in those three fields And while it was a team ffort to develop the the only USN officer skilled in those three fields And while it was a team The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right effort to develop the theory including the identification of AF as Midway by the unit that was on Corregidor and later in Melbourne it was Rochefort who championed it In doing so he madenemies in Washington who were jealous of his success and upset with Rochefort s acerbic responses to their predictions that the focus of the imminent attack was the US west coast Alaska Samoa the Panama Canal and pretty much anywhere other than Midway These nemies saw to it that Rochefort was relegated to other duties that kept him from being involved in the postwar intelligence apparatus and contributed to his not getting the medal that Nimitz recommended him for until 1986 when it was awarded posthumouslyAfter Midway Rochefort s team also was able to ascertain that the Japanese were building an airstrip on Guadalcanal within bombing range of the vital Port Moresby This altered Admiral Nimitz s plans to begin with that base in the island hopping campaignThe appendices of the book are also xcellent The first tells about how difficult it would be to crack the Japanese code and the second pertained to the impact of Midway on the rest of the war Without the intelligence developed by Rochefort s team and assuming the Japanese successfully lured the American carriers into the trap and sunk them the Japanese would have had free reign with the only opposition being the carriers Saratoga damaged at Coral Sea and Wasp transferred from the Atlantic The plans called for the next Japanese conuests to be Samoa New Guinea and New Caledonia and these would have cut off Australia from other Allied countries In July they would have taken Johnston Island about
"600 Miles Southwest Of Hawaii "miles southwest of Hawaii forcing the Navy to move its headuarters back to San Diego and the west coast would feel the threat from the Japanese Navy This would cause a rethinking of the Europe first strategy of Roosevelt and ChurchillOther far reaching Monsieur Pain effects re supplying the Soviet Union would be hampered by the acceleration of the warffort in the Pacific meaning there would be less for Europe and the tanks that helped the British beat Rommel at El Alamein might not have been there The timetable to beat the Italians and liminate them from the opposition would be pushed back and the invasion at Normandy would have been delayed further perhaps as much as a year meaning the Atlantic Wall fortifications would have become ven formidable The Japanese Navy would also be free to harass Soviet shipping and there could have conceivably been an ffort to involve the USSR in a two front war This would have allowed the Germans to ither move deeply into Russia perhaps prevailing at Moscow or Stalingrad or lse allowed them to resume plans for Operation Sea Lion At the very least it would have made the war difficult in Western EuropeMy main criticism of the book both in the arly part and again in the Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. epilogue is that the author refers to Rochefort as a mustang specifically because he didn t attend the Naval Academy at Annapolis My navy friends pointed out to me that a mustang in the parlance of the USN is an officer who began as annlisted man as was true of Rochefort and while it was true that his not being a graduate of the Academy may have hurt him in the controversy and have hurt him in the controversy and his knowing when not to criticize city hall that inaccuracy is a very small blight on an otherwise outstanding book about a great man who made a significant contribution during the wa. Sion of Japan The Epilogue narrates the postwar Patrick the Wolf Boy, Volume 1 effort waged by Rochefort's Hypo colleagues to obtain for him the DSM denied in 1942 a drive that pays off in 1986 when President Reagan awards him the medal posthumously at a White House ceremony attended by his daughter and son It alsoxplores Rochefort's legacy primarily his pioneering role at Pearl in which contrary to Washington's wishes he reported directly to Commander in Chief US Fleet providing actionable intelligence without any delays and nabling codebreaking to play the key role it did in the Battle of Midway Ultimately this book is aimed at bringing Joe Rochefort to life as the irreverent fiercely independent and conseuential officer that he was It assumes his career can't be understood without looking at his ntire life It seeks to capture the interplay of policy and personality and the role played by politics and personal rifts at the highest levels of Navy power during a time of national crisis This bio merges as a history of the Navy's intelligence cultu. .