Codebreakers: The Inside Story of Bletchley Park

Codebreakers: The Inside Story of Bletchley Park

by F . H . Hinsley (Editor), Alan Stripp (Editor)


Bletchley Park was arguably the most successful intelligence operation in world history, the top scecret workplace of the remarkable people who cracked Germany's vaunted Enigma Code. Almost to the end of the war, the Germans had firm faith in the Enigma ciphering machine, but in fact the codebreakers were deciphering nearly 4,000 German transmissions daily by 1942. Indeed, Winston Churchill hailed the work of Bletchley Park as the 'secret weapon' that won the war. Only now, nearly half a century since the end of the Second World War, have any of the men and women in this group come forward to tell this remarkable story in their own words - a story that an oath of secrecy long prevented them from revealing. In Codebreakers , F. H. Hinsley and Alan Stripp have gathered together twenty-seven first-hand accounts of the most amazing feats in intelligence history. These engaging memoirs, each written by a different member of the codebreakers team, recount the long hours working in total secrecy and the feelings of camaraderie, tension, excitement, and frustration as these men and women, both British and American, did some of the most important work of the war. This book is intended for readers interested in the Second World War and Intelligence work; historians of the Second World War, cryptography, intelligence.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 321
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
Published: 04 Aug 1994

ISBN 10: 019285304X
ISBN 13: 9780192853042

Author Bio

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.