{Free pdf} The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were ThereAuthor Sinclair McKay – Hometrainer-tests.de

Bletchley Park has played a vital role in British history This Victorian country house in the Buckinghamshire countryside was was where one of the wars most famous and crucial achievements was made the cracking of Germany s Enigma code in which its most important military communications were couched It was home to some of Britains most brilliant mathematical brains, such as Alan Turing, and the scene of immense advances in technology indeed, the birth of modern computing The military codes deciphered there were instrumental in turning both the Battle of the Atlantic and the war in North Africa But, though plenty has been written about the boffins, and the codebreaking, fictional and non fiction from Robert Harris and Ian McEwan to Andrew Hodges biography of Turing what of the thousands of men and women who lived and worked there during the war What was life like for them an odd, secret territory between the civilian and the military This is the first oral history of life at Bletchley Park, an amazing compendium of memories from people now in their eighties of skating on the frozen lake in the grounds a depressed Angus Wilson, the novelist, once threw himself in of a youthful Roy Jenkins, useless at codebreaking, of the high jinks at nearby accommodation hostels and of the implacable secrecy that meant girlfriend and boyfriend working in adjacent huts knew nothing about each others work

12 thoughts on “The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There

  1. Roses are Amber Roses are Amber says:

    The Secret Life Of Bletchley Park is a non fiction examination of the lives of those enlisted for the vital job of deciphering coded messages during the Second World War.Because of certain laws contained within the Official Secrets Act, and because countries around the world continued to use similar coding techniques after the war, the decoders were not allowed to speak about their experiences at Bletchley until the 1970s.During the war, Bletchley became a nerve centre of secret information It was the home of a mix of people drawn from many areas of society whose job was to decode messages collected from a range of listening posts across Britain and the world The most famous of these was the Enigma coding technology, used by the German military forces.This book reveals the lives of ordinary men and women who worked alongside pioneers like Alan Turing as they cracked codes and created decoding machines to help them with their work Afterwards, the blanket of silence meant many missed recognition for their efforts, the comradeship of reunions and often the opportunity to tell their family about the part they played in the war.I ve always been interested in these coding secrets There was plenty to keep me reading, without going into too much technical detail This book is just one of many memoirs written by both men and women who were involved in the workings of Bletchley Park One day I would like to visit the museum which now preserves some of their work.

  2. MacTrish MacTrish says:

    I bought the Kindle version of this book several years ago now and forgot about it.I read it a few days ago and I can t get some of the content out of my head The story behind Bletchley Park is as remarkable as any fiction you might have read.What s so incredible is that the events inside all the various huts that grew up in the grounds, were such a well kept secret that no one had any idea what was really going on, nor how the painstaking work of these people had such an impact on bringing the war to an early end.It wasn t until the mid 1970s that the truth was revealed Up until then, the thousands who worked there were prevented from telling anyone about what they did there No one was allowed to know spouses, parents, children This meant that some brilliant people never received the recognition they deserved.I ve given the book 4 because the writing was a little clunky but it doesn t detract from the meticulously gathered material it contains.Read it and be amazed

  3. John Hopper John Hopper says:

    This is a very readable account of the activities and lives of the thousands of men and women who in conditions of essential and near absolute secrecy laboured to break German cipher codes during the Second World War, particularly those codes transmitted on the famous Enigma machines, which were originally developed back in the 1920s for commercial use by German banks, before being bought up by the Weimar Republic government and made further secure by the Nazis But this is much than a book about the mechanics of code breaking This tells the stories of those men and women in their own words how they were recruited how they coped with the pressure of having to exercise a high degree of intellectual rigour, while knowing that a single mistake could change military fortunes and cost lives and how they were bound by secrecy to tell nothing of their work, either during the war or in subsequent decades, until the story of Bletchley Park became generally known in the 1970s Their contribution was for a long time therefore unsung, and they did not have the satisfaction and personal catharsis that former soldiers, statesmen and others had of recounting their wartime experiences But it is clear that their actions hugely helped the British and Allied war effort and that, without this patient, unseen work, the outcome of the War might have been very different.

  4. Alison Alison says:

    I bought this book, took it on holiday for a read I was a little apprehensive about commencing it, but as I began reading, I found the book fascinating and intriguing I found I couldn t put it down, always wanting to know For a person who really doesn t like war or films on either world wars, I found I was immersed in a bubble of intrigue and fascination It was amazing how many people from all walks of like ended up in Bletchley Park, folk who didn t know each other worked together on shifts day and night, waiting, listening for signals and then decoding them and taking action on what they found.I couldn t put the book down, I have enjoyed it immensely, so much so that I will visit Bletchley Park in due course and through this book and the gift which Alan Turing had alongside the others who worked so hard, I know that Bletchley Park will come alive for me.I would certainly recommend this book, I ve not read anything like this before, you ll not be disappointed.

  5. Fernando Hoyos Fernando Hoyos says:

    Mainly about the people at Bletchley Park How it was working and living there It doesn t delve so much as other less engaging books do on the intricacies of code breaking and the maths involved, so it s much fun to read You get an insight into how hard it was to work there and the clash of personalities but also about how they went about their everyday life and enjoyed their time out Perhaps the best book to start reading about Bletchley Highly recommended.

  6. John Lingard John Lingard says:

    This is an engrossing and extremely well written history of the men and women, including Alan Turing, who broke the German Enigma Code, and in Eisenhower s view shortened the war by at least two years, saving thousands, possibly millions, of lives in the process The book is also the best possible companion study for the films Enigma and Bletchley Girls McKay also reveals the strain on the codebreakers of having to keep silent about their work, during the war and for many years after.

  7. Ignacio Quintana Trenro Ignacio Quintana Trenro says:

    Reportaje period stico bien escrito, con testimonios y an cdotas de personas q vivieron los hechos, bien documentado, aunque sin pretensiones hist ricas, quiz s demasiado extenso.

  8. Kenneth Armstrong Kenneth Armstrong says:

    Nothing to dislike, great book about an amazing team of men and women who earned the debt of the nation and the free world.

  9. HO HO says:

    Gutes Buch, gute Kommunikation Einwandfreier Service Das Buch gibt gute Historische Einblicke in die Arbeitsweise der Fachleute in dem Komplex.

  10. Jorge Jorge says:

    aunque ambos libros abordan la misma tem tica, los datos que ofrecen se complementan m s veces de las que se solapan.Confieso que me gust m s el otro libro.

  11. Lois Yakelashek Lois Yakelashek says:

    Badly needed editing It was a fascinating subject , but the writer kept repeating things over and over.

  12. Peter Schutz Peter Schutz says:

    Very well researched