Synopses & Reviews
Spanning the battle of Corunna in 1809 to the 1815 victory at Waterloo, this is the dramatic true-life tale of an unsung hero in Wellington's army.
Common-born George Scovell -- an engraver's apprentice -- joins the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars and becomes a commissioned officer. As Bonaparte's juggernaut marches across Europe, Scovell soon proves himself a linguistic genius and begins to crack the basic codes used in French dispatches, giving General Wellington advance knowledge of French plans. But as the enemy changes from simple ciphers to baffling next to impossible encoded messages, Scovell finds himself racing against time to break the legendary Great Paris Cipher and save the British Army.
The thrill of clashing armies, challenging puzzles, and the personal struggle of a long-forgotten hero make The Man Who Broke Napoleon's Codes a gripping -- and brain-teasing -- adventure.
This work gives a compelling account of the officer who waged the intelligence battle against Napoleon's army, a forerunner to the great code-breakers of the 20th century. George Scovell used Spanish guerillas to capture coded French messages, and then set to work decrypting them.
This is Mark Urban's highly acclaimed history about the deciphering of the French codes used by Napoleon's army during the Peninsular War. The man appointed by Wellington to crack the code was Major George Scovell, and this book combines biography with political and codebreaking history to explain the events that took place. "This is what used to be known as a rattling good yarn" "Guardian".