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The Secret Life of an American Codebreaker (Hardback)

Codebreaker Girls

WWII Espionage & the SOE Women of History Military

By Jan Slimming
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 304
Illustrations: 50 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526784155
Published: 30th January 2022


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The Secret Life of an American Codebreaker is the true account of Janice Martin, a college student recruited to the military in 1943, after she was secretly approached by a college professor at Goucher College, a liberal arts establishment for women in Baltimore, USA. Destined for a teaching career, Janice became a prestigious professor of classics at Georgia State University, but how did she spend three years of her secret life during the war working in Washington D.C.’s Top Secret Intelligence?

Why was she chosen? How was she chosen? What did she do? Questions everyone asks are answered in this study of not just one but several Second World War codebreakers, male and female.

Backed by extensive research, unpublished photographs and recorded interviews, we discover the life of Janice Martin from Baltimore and her Top Secret Ultra role in helping to combat U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic; the work she and her colleagues undertook in a foundation provided by both British and American Intelligence. From ‘the early days’ to D-Day and beyond, the book includes other hidden figures who were part of this huge wheel of an incredible time in history.

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About Jan Slimming

Jan Slimming is a publishing professional with a former career in London’s educational and international publishing industry before moving to America with her family. As Director of three companies, she chaired committees and fund-raising initiatives in aid of children’s education, before delving into historical research. Jan’s mother, Daisy Lawrence, was a Bletchley Park codebreaker, whose story is told in Codebreaker Girls: A Secret Life at Bletchley Park. Jan is a member of the Atlanta Writers Club (Established 1914) and the Biographers Club (London), and an active member of her community both in local events and Second World War matters, including the Atlanta chapter of the Churchill Society. She has first-class qualifications from the Royal Society of Arts in English, Business and Publishing from Wimbledon College and the University of the Arts London (formerly London College of Printing and Graphic Arts). She lives in Atlanta with her husband and growing family.

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Codebreaker Girls A Secret Life at Bletchley Park (Hardback)

“What would it be like to keep a secret for fifty years? Never telling your parents, your children, or even your husband?” Codebreaker Girls: A Secret Life at Bletchley Park tells the true story of Daisy Lawrence. Following extensive research, the author uses snippets of information, unpublished photographs and her own recollections to describe scenes from her mother’s poor, but happy, upbringing in London, and the disruptions caused by the outbreak of the Second World War to a young woman in the prime of her life. The author asks why, and how, Daisy was chosen to work at the Government…

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