Codebreakers: The Inside Story of Bletchley Park

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With many colourful anecdotes and vivid descriptions, this is the first authentic account of daily life at Government Communications Headquarters, Bletchley Park, the most successful intelligence agency in history. Described by Churchill as the 'secret weapon' that 'won the war', the men and women of Bletchley Park here combine to write their story in full.

This book gives fascinating insights into recruitment and training, together with a full...

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Overview

With many colourful anecdotes and vivid descriptions, this is the first authentic account of daily life at Government Communications Headquarters, Bletchley Park, the most successful intelligence agency in history. Described by Churchill as the 'secret weapon' that 'won the war', the men and women of Bletchley Park here combine to write their story in full.

This book gives fascinating insights into recruitment and training, together with a full and accurate account of codes and ciphers and how they are broken.

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"A fascinating and unique book. For the first time--and in their own words--the men and women of Bletchley Park describe in detail how they broke the most secret codes of Germany and Japan. Complex, evocative and engrossing, it is the story of an unprecedented intellectual achievement which not only shortened the war and saved millions of lives but also helped forge the modern age. Anyone who is interested in military or scientific history will want to read it."--Robert Harris

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192801326
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/9/2001
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 347,958
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editors:
F.H. Hinsley was formerly Master of St John's College and Professor of the History of International Relations at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of the four-volume history British Intelligence in the Second World War.
Alan Stripp is Director of Cambridge University Summer Schools on British Secret Services.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. The Influence of Ultra in the Second World War F.H. Hinsley
Part One. The Production of Ultra Intelligence
1. Life in and out of Hut 3, William Millward
2. The Duty Officer, Hut 3, Ralph Bennett
3. A naval officer in Hut 3, Edward Thomas
4. The Z Watch in Hut 4, Part I, Alex Dakin
5. The Z Watch in Hut 4, Part 2, Walter Eytan
6. Italian naval decrypts, Patrick Wilkinson
7. Naval Section VI, Vivienne Alford
8. Anglo-American signals intelligence co-operation, Telford Taylor
9. An American at Bletchley Park, Robert M. Slusser
10. Bletchley Park, the Admiralty, and naval Enigma, F.H. Hinsley
Part Two. Enigma
11 11. The Enigma Machine, Alan Stripp
12. Hut 6: Early Days, Stuart Milner-Barry
13. Hut 6: 1941-1945, Derek Taunt
14. Hut 8 and naval Enigma, Part 1, Joan Murray
15. Hut 8 and naval Enigma, Part 2, Rolf Noskwith
16. The Abwehr Enigma, Peter Twinn
17. The bombes, Diana Payne
Part Three. Fish
18. An Introduction to Fish, F.H. Hinsley
19. Enigma and Fish, Jack Good
20. The Tunny Machine, Ken Halton
21. Operation Tunny
Part Four. Field ciphers and tactical codes
22. Recollections of Bletchley Park, France, and Cairo, Henry Dryden
23. Army Ultra's Poor Relations, Noel Currer-Briggs
24. Navy Ultra Poor Relations, Christopher Morris
25. Tactical signals of the German Airforce, Peter Gray Lucas
Part Five. Japanese codes
26. Japanese naval codes, Michael Loewe
27. Bedford-Bletchley-Kilindini-Colombo, Hugh Denham
28. Japanese military codes, Maurice Wiles
29. Japanese Army Air Force codes at Bletchley Park and Delhi, Alan Stripp
30. Recollections of temps perdu at Bletchley Park, Carmen Blacker
Appendix. How the Bletchly Park buildings took shape Bob Watson

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    Very enlightening on Code breaking

    Very enlightening on Code breaking about WWII for the individuals at Bletchley Park in England. A must read for the WWII historian.

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