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WW2 Codebreaking People and Places (Hardback)

A Wartime Glossary

P&S History > By Century > 20th Century

By Ronald Koorm
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 20 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399053495
Published: 30th July 2024

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WW2 Codebreaking People and Places is the first volume of a series on a glossary of codebreaking, ‘People and Places’, brings to the reader an easily understandable account and listing, of those involved in collecting and analysing military intelligence, principally during the second world war. Whilst some will be well known, such as Alan Turing, many others have made significant contributions to codebreaking but fail to attract the attention of the media for the most part. From an individual named ‘Wren’ who worked at a codebreaking outstation supporting Bletchley Park, to a mathematician who modified a codebreaking machine just prior to D-Day, to a ladies foundationwear factory in Hertfordshire that helped make machine components, these people and places now can be appreciated as to where they fitted-in within the overall picture of gathering, and processing enemy intelligence in wartime.

The entries are cross-referenced to enable the reader to research as much or as little as they want, to dip-in to the glossary, to use it as a basis for further study, or just to learn a little more about the people that helped us win the war with our allied friends.

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About Ronald Koorm

Ronald Koorm is a published author in codebreaking and a lecturer in related subjects of military intelligence. He researched codebreaking satellite stations which supported Bletchley Park and had a book published in 2020, (Backing Bletchley-The Codebreaking Outstations from Eastcote to GCHQ), largely on Outstation Eastcote, one of several codebreaking outstations. The research carried out then, together with subsequent research after publication, has enabled the author to facilitate writing the Glossary in a series of books.


As a retired Chartered Building Surveyor, Ron Koorm has written technical publications on other subjects and writes articles, blogs and lectures on a wide range of topics including military history, and inclusive design. In 2019 he gave a talk on the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the Battle of Britain Bunker Museum at Uxbridge, on codebreaking and how it influenced D-Day. He has also lectured at Bentley Priory Museum, Headstone Manor Museum, and Universities on military history, including Support systems to intelligence operations, and Fake News-Or how to deceive the enemy during WW2. The author has been in contact with several Ex-Wrens who operated codebreaking machines at outstations during WW2.

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