The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories Hardback
For Winston Churchill the men and women at Bletchley Park were ' the geese the laid the golden eggs' , providing important intelligence that led to the Allied victory in the Second World War.
At the peak of Bletchley' s success, a total of twelve thousand people worked there of whom more than eight thousand were women.
These included a former ballerina who helped to crack the Enigma Code; a debutante working for the Admiralty with a direct line to Churchill; the convent girl who operated the Bombes, the top secret machines that tested Enigma settings; and the German literature student whose codebreaking saved countless lives at D-Day.
All these women were essential cogs in a very large machine, yet their stories have been kept secret.
In The Debs of Bletchley Park author Michael Smith, trustee of Bletchley Park and chair of the Trust' s Historical Advisory Committee, tells their tale.
Through interviews with the women themselves and unique access to the Bletchley Park archives, Smith reveals how they came to be there, the lives they gave up to do ' their bit' for the war effort, and the part they played in the vital work of ' Station X' . They are an incredible set of women, and this is their story.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages, 16 page colour plate section
- Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 08/01/2015
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781781313879
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Review by SChant
When you hear of Bletchly Park you hear about the great men - Turing., Welchman, Dilly Knox, Tommy Flowers. This book brings to the fore some of th emany women who worked there - and despite its title they weren't all of privileged backgrounds. The work they did was very varied, from typex operators, to Bombe machine operators, to linguists, to intelligence analysts, to codebreakers, but the thing they had in common was they all worked extremely hard and were very proud of their contributions. It's great to see the women of Bletchly Park having threir roles fully acknowleged in this book.