The Bletchley Park Codebreakers in Their Own Words (Hardback)
'A fascinating anthology which sheds new light on the Bletchley Park story and shows that there is still more to tell.' - Tony Comer OBE, formerly Departmental Historian at GCHQ
This important volume tells the story of Bletchley Park through countless letters written by key players to former colleagues and loved ones as the war unfolded.
Having intercepted millions of German communications, the codebreakers had felt bound by the Official Secrets Act and said little about their wartime activities. Some who had stayed on at GCHQ after the war, were concerned that speaking out could jeopardise their pensions.Over one hundred letters have been included in this volume and have either been recovered from family members or declassified by GCHQ. They reveal fresh information about the clandestine operation and disclose the true feelings of the participants at Bletchley.Park.
In contrast to early accounts, which lacked detail and were occasionally inaccurate, this book thoroughly lays bare the day-to-day experiences at Bletchley Park and uncovers the operational and technical reasons behind the organisation's successes and failures.
Simultaneously intimate and comprehensive, it will interest historians, World War II researchers, and anyone who wants to learn the secrets of Britain's signal intelligence effort.
Review as featured inHistorical Miniatures Gaming Society, November 2023
Will be of great interest to those who wonder about wartime life at Britain’s best known SIGINT organization.Studies in Intelligence
The book is well organized, nicely printed, and each of Main Contributors gets an introduction before their first appearance. It also has sixteen pages of well-chosen photos, endnotes and a bibliography.The NYMAS Review
Article: Bletchley Park family papers donatedWho Do You Think You Are
Highlight: 'Papers from the families of codebreakers at Bletchley Park have been donated to the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge, where they will be available to study.
They were donated by Dr Joel Greenberg, the author of biographies of the codebreakers Gordon Welchman and Alastair Denniston as well as the recently
published The Bletchley Park Codebreakers in Their Own Words (Pen & Sword, 2022).'