Around 100 people arrived at Bletchley in August 1939, but by the beginning of 1944 there were around 10,000 people from a wide range of backgrounds. Young women who had left school at 15 worked alongside senior academics and service officers with everyone treated as equals. To quote an American who worked there: "Their whole structure was one where you might readily find a major working under a lieutenant or a civilian, somewhat younger. Whoever was in charge was the person judged to be more effective at doing it. The result was an extraordinary group of people in an extraordinary organisation."This book gives a remarkable insight into life at the legendary code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park, where a team of code-breakers helped to win the Second World War by intercepted secret German messages. It reveals how they lived, worked and played, by focusing on the memories of the wide range of people who worked there.
TOC: I: Moving Into Bletchley /II: Breaking Enigma /III: Naval Breakthrough /IV: Americans Arrive /V: Bletchley expands /VI: Creating Colossus /VI: Bletchley Inheritance /Suggested Reading /Places to visit /Index
About the Author
Michael Smith is the author of the bestseller 'Station X: The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park' (Channel Four, 1998) and a number of other books on the work of Britain's wartime codebreakers, including 'The Emperor's Codes: Bletchley Park and the Breaking of Japan's Secret Ciphers' and 'The Bletchley Park Codebreakers', which he co-edited with Ralph Erskine. He has worked as a journalist for the BBC, the Daily Telegraph, and most recently the Sunday Times. He is a member of the board of the Bletchley Park Trust and the main adviser to the Trust on the work of the code-breakers. The author lives in UK.