Cracking the Luftwaffe Codes


The Secrets of Bletchley Park

By: Gwen Watkins
Foreword by: Lord Asa Briggs

Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Paperback
Pages: 228
ISBN: 9781848326828
Published: 23rd January 2013
RRP / Print Price: £12.99

Current purchase price:
£9.09

Cracking the Luftwaffe Codes

'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.

 




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