By Kurt F. Jensen
Kurt F. Jensen argues that Canada was once a extra energetic intelligence companion in the Second global War alliance than has formerly been prompt. He describes Canada’s contributions to Allied intelligence earlier than the struggle started, in addition to the notably Canadian actions that began from that time. He unearths how the govt created an intelligence association throughout the struggle to help Allied assets. this can be a convincing portrait of a state with an lively position in moment international struggle intelligence accumulating, one who keeps to persuade the structure of its present services.
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53 The station suffered from lack of proper equipment (not even a clock to record the time of transmissions) and it was some time before it functioned properly. Other Department of Transport radio facilities the RCN pressed into service when war began included stations in St. Hubert in Quebec, Shediac in New Brunswick, St. Louisbourg in Nova Scotia, Forrest in Manitoba, and Botwood in Newfoundland. Use of Botwood, which had been operated by the Department of Transport on behalf of the Air Ministry, required the approval of Britain, since Newfoundland was now under direct British control.
Mauborgne, chief of the Signal Corps, would receive them on Friday morning. Mauborgne opened the meeting the next day by enquiring about the connection of the visit of the two mathematicians with that of Drake the previous November. Coxeter and Robinson were stupefied, knowing nothing of the earlier visit, and could only say that they were there representing the NRC. 11 He wondered aloud why the United Kingdom was unwilling to assist the dominions, adding that he had had a similar approach to that of the Canadians from the South Africans.
Drake’s second objective was to assess whether there was scope for wireless monitoring co-operation with US services. He was also to learn of any US experience using radio amateurs for monitoring duties and to seek access to a US monitoring station to study its organization. Nothing sinister needs to be read into the changes to Drake’s purpose in visiting the United States. Almost certainly, this was merely an effort to make use of his presence in the United States to speak with American officials about Canadian plans for a cryptographic bureau and to benefit from US knowledge on the subject.