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 Articles of Interest to readers about Intelligence Community 

"A PLAIN OLD TRAITOR" SILENT WAR

- When does hearsay become history? Deconstructing the legend of Richard M. Sakakida, wearer of the Japanese uniform, 1942-1945.

"AMERICAN HERO OR AMERICAN TURNCOAT" SILENT WAR

- To celebrate a hero or to unmask a turncoat? Shortly after the surrender of Corregidor, an American sent to spy on Japanese nationals in the Philippines appeared outside of Malinta Tunnel in a Japanese uniform. It's difficult to prove a negative, but Lou Jurika proves its not impossible.

"CAPTAIN SAFFORD TESTIFIES" SILENT WAR

- To what special branch of intelligence were the duties of the main station  at Corregidor confined? Transcript of the Hart Enquiry, 29 April 1944 (for serious history students only.) 

"corregidor - the beginnings" SILENT WAR

- This  story is from the booklet "INTERCEPT STATION  “C” from Olongapo through the evacuation of Corregidor, 1929-1942" Reproduced from the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association newsletter Cryptolog .

"CORREGIDOR - THE LAST DAYS"

SILENT WAR

-  Share the last days on Corregidor as members of the only unit which entirely evacuated Corregidor disappear into the night. Vince Chamberlin, of the National Cryptologic Veterans Association, had this article published in a special edition of Cyrptolog, the NCVA publication.

"tHE CORREGIDOR MASSACRE OF 1968"

SILENT WAR

Corregidor has this tendency to surprise the student of its history. All of us are well aware of the focus and significance which  the world  placed upon its defence, loss and retaking during World War II, but how many of us are aware of  The Corregidor Massacre of 1968?

"CORREGIDOR WAS NOT ALL THAT GOOD' SILENT WAR

- Sidney Burnett's private view of Navy life on Corregidor. Reprinted by permission of the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association.

The Code Room THE CODE ROOM

- So you fancy your skills as a code breaker? Try this simple one for size.

"Cryptanalysis" CRYPTO

 - By an agreement between the US Army and the US Navy, reached at a conference in Manila in May 1941, the Navy's own Sigint unit, Cast, was to concentrate on breaking Japanese diplomatic traffic. For in the Navy Tunnel, Corregidor hid a secret copy of the Japanese Code Machine known as Purple - so ultra-secret and rare, even Pearl Harbour did not have one. 

"Cryptography - One Story is Good Until Another is Told' REVIEW OF BOOKS

- Analysis of recent texts on cryptography and by revisionist historians,  attempting to get towards the truth of the state of knowledge of Japanese plans prior to 7 December 1941.

THE DECODED ROOM THE DECODED ROOM
- For those who failed The Code Room
Discovering Corregidor DISCOVERING CORREGIDOR

- There's more to Corregidor than meets the eye. New tunnel discoveries, the Black secret of "Suicide Cliff", strange goings on at Btty Monja, the Intercept Tunnel, and Memorials generally.

"Gold is also Ballast" NO GOLD ON CORREGIDOR

- The true story of how the gold came (and went.)  Another well researched article by former USN Diver, Ed Michaud.)

Magic MAGIC

- What is astonishing is the slowness, and therefore the inefficiency, of the routine as intercepted signals  and their translations were passed between Corregidor and (whilst it operated) the code room at Ft. Santiago. 

Purple PURPLE

 - When one gets into any discussion of  code breaking in the Pacific War  by far the big noise  which grabs almost all the public's attention is the story of Purple.  It's so far ahead in the mind of the US public (at least those of the public who care for such  things) that there's hardly any room for whatever comes second.  It's heroic, it's  the success story, and there's nothing an American loves more than a success story.  It's the one which gets the publicity and the spotlight, and what comes next is 'close, but no cigar'.  You have got to do a lot of reading of a lot of books before you start to question the accepted vision, and the suspicion  that the big story of the Pacific War is actually JN-25 and not Purple, comes as a thief in the night.

"The Silent War Against The Japanese Navy" SILENT WAR

- The true story of the USN code breaking effort written by Capt. Duane Whitlock U.S.N. (Ret'd),  a Corregidor code-breaker.

Station C STATION C

- Station C - Captain Duane Whitlock U.S.N. (Ret'd) briefly recalls that life in the AFIRM tunnel was anything but trivial. 

"...We have discussed it between us and have decided we will not let a single one of you fall into their hands. When the time comes, we are going to shoot everyone of you,  then shoot ourselves." 

"The Three Power Alliance and a U.S.- Japanese War" ("How Japan Plans To Win") HOW JAPAN PLANS TO WIN

- This translated Japanese article was written pre-war, and explains in detail Japan's strategy in the forthcoming Pacific War. 

"Treasure Island of WWII" NO TREASURE ON CORREGIDOR

  Put down your shovel, Marcos got the gold already. The only treasure still on Corregidor is the History.  Article by our resident diving expert, Ed Michaud. 

"US Navy Cryptanalysis" US NAVY CRYPTO

- Hawaii had primary  responsibility for the Japanese Naval systems. The Philippines chipped away at the Japanese fleet cryptographic system, and did some limited diplomatic deciphering, with keys provided by Washington. The unit, which was attached for administrative reasons to the local naval district (the 16th) was installed in a tunnel in Corregidor. The unit comprised 7 officers and 19 men, and had a liaison man with its British equivalent in Singapore. It was equipped with 26 radio receivers, apparatus for intercepting both high and low-speed transmissions, a direction finder, and tabulating machinery.

"War Plan Orange-3"

- The Japanese have secured the beachheads of Lingayen Gulf  against uncoordinated American counterattacks and soon hold the West Coast of Tayabas Province. The 14th Japanese Imperial Army, under the command of General Masaharu Homma, are almost as familiar with War Plan Orange (retreat to Bataan) as  the Americans. Throughout the 1930's, WPO  had been studied at West Point by  the Army's prospective second lieutenants, and by the Japanese exchange officers who studied there as well.  MacArthur had protested against WPO's policy since 1935. 

 

LOST CORREGIDOR
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