In the context of the Second World War (1939-1945), what were “pinches”?

Answer: Hit and run raids on German U-boats and trawlers carried out by British and American navies. The purpose was to capture codebooks and related apparatus, crucial for the eventual breaking of the German Enigma code.

Source: Engima – The Battle for the Code by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

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