Cracking the Luftwaffe Codes (Paperback)
The Secrets of Bletchley Park
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'An intriguing page-turning and personal account of that most secretive of wartime institutions, Bletchley Park, and of the often eccentric people who helped to win the war' – Beryl Bainbridge
Bletchley Park, or 'Station X', was home to the most famous codebreakers of the Second World War. The 19th-century mansion was the key centre for cracking German, Italian and Japanese codes, providing the allies with vital information. After the war, many intercepts, traffic-slips and paperwork were burned (allegedly at Churchill's behest). The truth about Bletchley was not revealed until F. Winterbotham's The Ultra Secret was published in 1974.
However, nothing until now has been written on the German Air Section. In Cracking the Luftwaffe Codes, former WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) Gwen Watkins brings to life the reality of this crucial division.
In a highly informative, lyrical account, she details her eventful interview, eventual appointment at the 'the biggest lunatic asylum in Britain', methods for cracking codes, the day-to-day routine and decommissioning of her section.
Extremely readable with amusing anecdotes of life in BP and all the interesting characters that she worked with.The Bulletin
In Cracking the Luftwaffe Codes, former WAAF Gwen Watkins brings to life the reality of this cruel division. In a highly informative account, she details her initial interview and then the eventual appointment at the 'biggest lunitic asylum in Britain', as well as the methods that were employed for cracking codes and the day to day routine and decommissioning of her section.Britain at War
With a foreword from Asa Briggs, this is an intriguing account of life at the secretive institution of Bletchley Park and how its often ecentric personnel helped Britain win the war.Military History Monthly
A very enjoyable read for all those interested in World War II.WW2 Connection
Throws much new light on the vital code-breakers . . . deserves to be widely read.The Guards Magazine
Should appeal to anyone interested in WWII or simply looking for a good read.Louis Kruh, Esq in Cryptologia
A compelling, insightful history which sheds new light on the war-winning work of Britain’s code-breakers.Military Illustrated
An intriguing, page-turning and personal account of that most secretive of wartime institutions, Bletchley Park, and of the often eccentric people who helped to win the war.Beryl Bainbridge