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Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict. The site is now a museum and heritage attraction, open daily. The Bletchley Park Podcast brings you fascinating stories from Veterans, staff and volunteers on the significance and continued relevance of this site today.

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E129 - Target England

September 2021 
After Britain?s failure at Dunkirk and the Fall of France, the Germans seemed unstoppable. An invasion of Britain by Germany seemed the next logical step.
In 1940, Britain and Bletchley Park prepared for war on the Home Front. As the German air campaign brought air combat with the Battle of Britain and bombs by night during the Blitz, the RAF - supported by intelligence from Bletchley Park - fought back.
In this It Happened Here episode, Research Officer Dr Thomas Cheetham is our guide to Britain?s finest hour.
Special thanks go to Dr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.
In memoriam to the Veterans featured in this episode, Rolf Noskwith, Eileen Younghusband and Sir Arthur Bonsall.
Image: Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspecting members of Coventry's Warden Service. ©Mirrorpix
#BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #BOB80,
2021-09-27
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E128 - Whitehall 7947 - The Early Days Exhibition

August 2021 
Hindsight and the lifting of decades of secrecy, allows us to know that by 1945 Bletchley Park had become a ?codebreaking factory? supplying war winning intelligence to the Allies ultimate victory. 
But what was it like for the 185 members of staff on Monday the 4th of September 1939? And ? who were they?
Supported by the UK government?s Culture Recovery Fund, our new exhibition ?Early Days? covers the events of 1938 to late 1939 and tells the story of the first Bletchley Park Codebreakers.
Exhibitions Manager Erica Munro guides us through the 5 scenes of the exhibition, the challenges of turning the start of the codebreaking story into a physical gallery and many of the highlights visitors will see. All of this, within one of the first rooms to be used by the Codebreakers in autumn 1939. 
As his first major project when start at the museum, Research Officer Dr Thomas Cheetham, explains the painstaking work that has gone into the least documented period of Bletchley Park. This has led to being able to list every one of those 185 members of staff turning up for work on the second day of World War Two.
Special thanks go to Dr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.
Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2021

#BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2,
2021-08-31
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E127 - Top Secret Misinformation Part 2

July 2021 
In late 2020 we asked on social media for any questions our listeners wanted the podcast team to answer. We had so many that we needed to record a second episode that originally we had planned for January 2021. Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions this wasn?t possible ? but now, we are back.
In this episode, Exhibitions Manager Erica Munro, Research Historian Dr David Kenyon, Research Officer Dr Thomas Cheetham and podcast producer Mark Cotton, will be shining a light on some famous Bletchley Park myths and answering some fascinating questions from our brilliant listeners.
Many thanks to our listeners and followers for setting us these challenges.
Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2021

#BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2,
2021-07-27
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E126 - Barbarossa

June 2021    Eighty years ago in June 1941, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in what Hitler hoped would be a lightning campaign to destroy Bolshevism and provide ?living space? for his empire in the east.    The result was four years of brutal conflict which shaped the world we live in today.   What did the codebreakers at Bletchley Park know about the Germans? plans of attack? Was Stalin warned? And how did the war in the east play out at BP?   In this It Happened Here episode we are joined by our Research Historian Dr David Kenyon to tell us more about the signals intelligence picture on the eastern front.   Special thanks go to Dr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.   Image: Public Domain   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #OralHistory, #AudioMo
2021-06-22
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E125 - Fall Gelb Part Two

June 2021    By late May 1940 the Germans have arrived at the French coast, cutting the Allied forces in two. Their risky invasion plan ?Fall Gelb? (or ?Case Yellow?) has paid off.  For the Allies, things will only get worse - an evacuation of the British forces from Dunkirk, the capture of Paris and the ultimate humiliation at Compiègne.   It also marked a turning point for Bletchley Park. The attack led the Germans to change their Enigma procedures which had been exploited so successfully by the Hut 6 team. It took a creative approach, as well as some lazy enemy operating procedures, to restore Bletchley Park?s capability in reading German messages.   In the second part of this special ?It Happened Here? episode, Dr Thomas Cheetham guides us through the dramatic world events that could have seen Bletchley Park lose the ability to read Enigma for the rest of the war.    Special thanks go to Gus Munro and Dr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.   ©Bletchley Park Trust 2021   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #OralHistory,
2021-06-11
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E124 - Fall Gelb Part One

June 2021    In May 1940, the much-anticipated German attack on France brings the Phoney War to an end. The French have the largest land army in the world, the Maginot Line giving them hundreds of miles of defences and they know the route the Germans will take. But in the space of only a few weeks, the entire strategic course of World War Two is turned on its head. The Germans have gambled on a new invasion plan, ?Fall Gelb? (or ?Case Yellow?) to set them on a risky route through the Ardennes and a dash to the coast.   With so many dramatic events happening in such a short period of time, we will be telling the story of ?Fall Gelb? over two ?It Happened Here? episodes.   In this first part, Dr Thomas Cheetham takes us through the planning and first phases of the operation, and the German and Allied intelligence activity that surrounded it.    Special thanks go to Sarah Langston and Dr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.   Image: Commander Denniston?s 1940 Diary ©Bletchley Park Trust 2021   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #OralHistory,
2021-06-04
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E123 - Oral History Special No. 6

April 2021    Patricia Johnston?s idyllic childhood in Rangoon came to an abrupt end on the 7th of December 1941, with the attack on Pearl Harbour. In early 1942 with the Japanese invasion getting ever closer she was flown out with her siblings and arrived in India, without her parents.      After settling her two brothers in boarding school Patricia?s war really began. She realised after completing her training that nursing wasn?t for her and transferred to the recently formed Women's Auxiliary Corps. Following a first posting in a Camouflage School and receiving a commission, her link to Bletchley Park began when she joined an SLU Unit as an Intelligence Officer.    Based at military command posts around the world Special Liaison Units received Ultra reports via secure links run by Special Communication Units. They then passed this intelligence directly on to the commanders in the field to ensure the Ultra secret was protected.   Oral History Volunteer Mike Chapman joins Pat to travel back 75 years to map out not only Pat?s wartime service but also that of her husband and fellow Bletchley Park Veteran, Bill Sanglier.     We hear of her embarrassment of paying school fees with damp money, the Japanese pilot she said a prayer for, how an infamous Cold War Russian spy was taught to cook curry by Pat?s mother and how working in Military Intelligence could at times feel like living in cloud cuckoo land.     Image, courtesy of Mrs Patricia Johnston.   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #OralHistory,
2021-04-30
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E122 - Never Alone

April 2021    Bletchley Park?s latest temporary exhibition is called ?Never Alone? and asks ?what happens when everything is connected?? Based on an exhibition developed and designed by the National Science and Media Museum, ?Never Alone? explores the popularity and power of smart devices.   There are now more devices connected to the internet than people on the planet. ?Smart? gadgets are becoming part of our lives, making us safer, bringing people together and making everyday tasks easier. In the exhibition, we explore the issues behind these gadgets. We discover some wartime objects and stories that show how concerns about privacy and surveillance aren?t unique to the internet age. You are invited to think about the decisions you make when you click ?OK?, and to consider what being connected means to you.   In this episode we meet two people who have loaned us objects for display, ethical hacker Ken Munro of Pen Test Partners and local museum professional Amy Doolan. We start by taking a tour of the exhibition in Hut 12.   Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2021   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2,
2021-04-16
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E121 - Oral History Special No. 5

April 2021    Our Veterans who served in one of the three women?s auxiliary services during World War Two are always proud of their particular branch and WAAF Daphne Canning is no exception. When Oral History Officer Jonathan Byrne interviewed her in 2017 she was still proud to have worn her ?Sparks? badge; the insignia of a Royal Air Force Wireless Operator.    These Oral History Specials allow us to bring you the complete recordings of interviews we have previously featured only as much shorter versions. In this episode, Daphne, who volunteered at 17½, tells us about becoming a Wireless Operator, then later a Morse Slip Reader and also how she survived a being hit by a V1 rocket.    This interview is really three for the price of one because Daphne also tells us the stories of her father and her husband. All three of them linked not just as family but as Wireless Operators helping the Codebreakers at Bletchley Park.   Image, courtesy of Mrs Daphne Canning.    #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #OralHistory,
2021-04-02
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E120 - Oral History Special No. 4

March 2021    In our last Oral History Special we brought you the first part of a 2017 interview with former WREN, Mary Sherrard. From 1942 until the end of the war, Mary served at Bletchley Park and then at the Eastcote Bombe Outstation. This helped shaped the rest of her life because it was at Eastcote where she met her future husband John.    After originally servicing Spitfires in 1940, an interview at the Foreign Office sent John to Eastcote and Stanmore to maintain Mary?s Bombe machines. By the time of his demob from the RAF in 1946, he had risen to the rank of Warrant Officer and married his ?Scot?s girl?.    In this second part, Mary talks to Oral History Volunteer Mike Chapman about not only her time at GC&CS but also shares John?s story. We hear about the rest of the war and also their fascinatingly varied post-war lives.   These two episodes are tributes to both Mary (1923-2020) and John (1921-1999).   Image ©Bletchley Park Trust 2021   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #OralHistory,
2021-03-19
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E119 - Forging a Special Relationship

March 2021    In March 1946, as an ?Iron Curtain? was descending across Europe, in post-war London a document was signed that to this day is the basis of the most important and longest intelligence relationship that the UK has. But that Special Relationship with the USA didn?t suddenly begin 75 years ago; it was the culmination of five years of wartime collaboration.   In this episode Podcast Producer, Mark Cotton, and our Research Historian, Dr David Kenyon, go back to February 1941 and look at each of the milestones that led up to the signing of the UKUSA Agreement ? five years that forged a Special Relationship.   Special thanks to Steven Eric Wilson and Mr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.   Image ©Bletchley Park Trust 2021   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #GCHQ,
2021-03-05
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E118 - Oral History Special No. 3

February 2021    To keep you going during the lockdown, the podcast team will be bringing you a new episode every two weeks.   Last year we featured short clips from dozens of our Veterans telling us what they did on VE Day & VJ Day. Now in these Oral History Specials we can bring you the longer versions of those interviews, allowing our Veterans to tell their full story, in their own voices and in their own way.    Vital to us capturing these interview are a team of brilliant volunteers who visit our Veterans at home to record them. In this episode we join one of those Oral History Volunteers, Mike Chapman, who in 2017 travelled up to the Scottish Borders to interview Mary Sherrard. Mary recorded a fascinating and especially long interview with Mike which we are going to bring you in two parts.  In this first part Mary tells us about joining the Women?s Royal Naval Service and arriving at Bletchley Park in 1942.   Image ©Bletchley Park Trust 2021   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #OralHistory,
2021-02-22
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E117 - Oral History Special No. 2

February 2021    As we did last year we have decided to release extra content again during the current lockdown and so for at least the next couple of months we will be bringing you a new show every two weeks. These will be a mixture of Oral History Specials and also our regular content as and when COVID restrictions allow us.    Last year we featured short clips from dozens of our Veterans telling us what they did on VE Day & VJ Day. Now in these Oral History Specials we can bring you the longer versions of those interviews, allowing our Veterans to tell their full story, in their own voices and in their own way.    In early 2020, in what would become one the last interviews carried out just weeks before the pandemic, our Oral History Officer, Jonathan Byrne and his colleague Will Hankey sat down with GC&CS Veteran Tim Edwards. Previously we heard what Tim got up to on the day the war ended in Europe and now we can bring you much more of that interview. Tim?s reminisces about how the discovery of an eyesight problem suddenly stopped his training to be a pilot in the RAF and landed him at Bletchley Park working on German Air Force codes.     Image ©Bletchley Park Trust 2021   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #OralHistory,
2021-02-08
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E116 - Oral History Special No. 1

January 2021    As we release this episode Bletchley Park Museum is currently closed as the UK is in a national lockdown to help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Our staff and volunteers like so many around the world are in lockdown, self-isolation or working remotely from home. Unfortunately it means the promised second part of our Q&A?s from our listeners is on-hold for now, but once we are safe to do so we will bring you that show.   As we did last year during the first lockdown we will endeavour to continue to bring you new episodes of the podcast. With that in mind we thought back to our VE & VJ Day episodes from last year which included very short clips from dozens of our more than 500 Oral History recordings. So until we can resume our ?normal service? it seems the perfect time to shine a light on our Veterans by bringing you the full versions of some of those interviews, in these Oral History Specials.   For the first of these special shows we have selected Sheila Wilson who came to Bletchley Park in 1944 to serve in the Naval Section plotting Allied shipping. A post-war career which included becoming a Psychotherapist has given Sheila a truly deep and at times existential view of her time at GC&CS. This makes her interview, which was recorded in 2015, simply fascinating.

But first, before lockdown, we sat down with Jonathan Byrne to talk about why collecting the Oral Histories of our Veterans is so vitally important.

Image ©Bletchley Park Trust 2021

#BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #OralHistory,
2021-01-25
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E115 - Oral History 2020

December 2020    At the end of each year we like to focus on the important work that our Oral History Officer Jonathan Byrne and his team of staff and volunteers carry out. As with so many around the world, COVID-19 has had a huge effect on the work of Jonathan?s team in 2020.   In this episode we catch-up with Jonathan for an update on the Oral History Project and he shares four more highlights from our archive of 550 interviews.   Gwen Adsley was a civilian working in the Communications Section from 1942. Food, or the lack of it, is an abiding memory for her so being able to get an unexpected loaf of bread was a real pleasure.    Trixie Davison wanted to do her bit after the Blitz on London and become a Radar Operator so left her Civil Service job and joined the ATS. A problem with her eyesight meant she was transferred to work at Kedleston Hall and Forest Moor Y stations as an intercept operator.   Roy Maycock was 6 years old on the day that war was declared and living in what was then the village of Bletchley. During the war his family had both children evacuated from London and Bletchley Park staff billeted on them.   Molly Morgan wanted to serve her country, so defying her father?s wishes, resigned from her reserved occupation at The Bank of England and joined the WRNS. Instead of a posting by the sea she was sent to Buckinghamshire to work in the Naval Section alongside Frank Birch.    We would like to wish all our listeners a safe and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year for 2021.    Image courtesy of Gwen Adsley

#BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2,
2020-12-22
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E114 - Top Secret Misinformation Part 1

November 2020    For the first time since January 2020 the podcast team were able to be physically in the same room together, even if socially distanced. So to mark this return we decided to ask our listeners on social media for their questions about Bletchley Park.    In this, the first of these shows, Exhibitions Manager Erica Munro, Research Historian Dr David Kenyon, Research Officer Dr Thomas Cheetham and podcast producer Mark Cotton, will hopefully answer those questions and maybe do a bit of myth busting along the way.   Many thanks to our listeners and followers for setting us these challenges.   Special thanks, as always, go to Mr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.   Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2,
2020-12-07
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E113 - A Historian for the Future

October 2020    For over 8 years the podcast has been privileged to receive help and support from the modern day version of the wartime Government Code and Cypher School, GCHQ, both as an organisation and from their Departmental Historian.    Previous listeners will know that GCHQ has a new Historian and in Podcast Episode 98, we had the honour of being able to exclusively reveal his identity when we met him at the GCHQ Centenary celebrations at the National Memorial Arboretum in November 2019.    We promised then that we?d catch up with him again, and this month we?re doing just that. Podcast producer Mark Cotton sat down with Dr David Abrutat, the recently avowed Departmental Historian at GCHQ, to find out about his life, his service and what he has planned for his ?dream job?.    Image: ©GCHQ   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #GCHQ,
2020-10-29
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E112 ? The Best of Reunions Part 3

September 2020    This is the last of three special episodes to mark what would have been our Annual Veterans Reunion.    It was due to COVID-19 restrictions and with huge regret that Bletchley Park Trust had to take the difficult decision not to hold this year?s reunion on-site. But here at the podcast we can still celebrate our Veterans with these special episodes.   At a reunion we like to capture as many Veterans stories as we can, but we also always remember that it is their special day and we try not to interrupt it too much for them. Some chats may just be a quick hello and how are you and some might end up with a short interview. But for some Veterans, it might be the first time they have been asked to talk about their vital war work and we are always honoured to be on hand to save their story for future generations.    In this, the last of these special episodes, we?re bringing you nearly 80 minutes from another 12 of our amazing Veterans, including a few of those longer interviews.   Featured in this episode, in order of appearance are:   Doris Moss Mollie Brewster Pamela Forbes Betty Webb Elizabeth Davies Marigold Angela Bostock-Wilson Diana Tyler Margaret Thomas Bartrum Robinson Edna Garbutt Pauline Lee Tom Howie   We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Veterans of Bletchley Park and its Outstations, for their service.   Special thanks to Katherine Lynch, Sarah Langston and Kerry Howard.    Image: ©Will Amlot for the Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2,
2020-09-30
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E111 ? The Best of Reunions Part 2

September 2020    As we explained in the last show, due to COVID-19 restrictions and with huge regret, Bletchley Park Trust had to take the difficult decision not to host our Annual Veterans Reunion onsite this year.   To continue to mark what would have been this year?s reunion, this is the second of three special episodes we will be bringing you this month, to still pay tribute to our Veterans.   Reunion is always the busiest day of the year for the podcast, catching up with old friends & rushing around trying to make sure that we can record as many Veterans as we can but it hasn?t just been our original co-host Katherine Lynch and producer Mark Cotton. We have also had help from a group of people we like to call our roving reporters. They are friends of the podcast who kindly give their time to help us allow the Veterans?, to tell their stories, in their own voices.    We want to thank everyone who has helped us at each reunion since 2012 but especially those featured in this episode, Sarah Langston, Kerry Howard, Astrid Specht, Helen Legh and of course Katherine Lynch.   The Veterans featured in this episode, in order of appearance are:   Flo Cole Cicely Anderson Mimi Gallilee Kay Wingate Nancy Clark Geoffrey Pidgeon Pat Davies Christine Brose Joan Smeaton Mary Heal Eric Dodd   We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Veterans of Bletchley Park and its Outstations, for their service.   Image: ©Will Amlot for the Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2,
2020-09-18
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E110 ? The Best of Reunions Part 1

September 2020    Each year, to mark the arrival of the Codebreakers to their war station in 1939, we hold our Veterans Reunion.    This is the highlight of our calendar year, and a really special occasion for all involved. Veterans can meet up with friends old and new and share stories of their vital and once top-secret wartime work. These events have taken on even more meaning in the past few years, for the Veterans, their families, and all those who work for Bletchley Park Trust today.   It is with huge regret that, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Bletchley Park Trust has taken the difficult decision not to host our Reunion onsite this year.   To mark what would have been this year?s reunion, this is the first of three special episodes we will be bringing you this month, not just the highlights of the last 8 years that the Podcast has attended but also from the very first Reunion in 1991, the one that started the campaign to Save Bletchley Park.   The Veterans featured in this episode, in order of appearance are:   Joan Clarke Derek Taunt Raymond Goodman Rosamond Twinn Rosemary Davidson Peter Twinn Rolf Noskwith Betty Webb Mary Watkins Joyce Bigoni Stanley Clegg Eric Hume Jeff Hoare Fred Terretta Audrey Hodges Jane Fawcett

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Veterans of Bletchley Park and its Outstations, for their service.   Special thanks to Katherine Lynch, Sarah Langston and Mr Ben Thompson.     Image: ©Will Amlot for the Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2,
2020-09-06
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E109 - VJ Day

August 2020   Nearly 3 months after VE Day, the war against Japan still continued. Its end would be drawn out over 6 weeks between the Potsdam Declaration in July and the final signing of the surrender on-board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September the 2nd.    During those weeks the world saw the use of a new weapon, the atom bomb and both Hiroshima and Nagasaki would be totally destroyed before World War Two would finally come to an end.   To commemorate VJ Day we present this special It Happened Here episode. Using archive recordings, a recreation of the memoir of Eric Norris and interviews with our Veterans from both our official Oral History Project and 8 years of podcasts, we hope to take you back to those momentous weeks in 1945.   10 of our Veterans will share their memories, both happy and sometimes poignant, of the beginning of the Atomic Age, the end of the war, VJ Day and looking forward to the rest of their lives. Featured in order of appearance are:   Sheila Willson Dennis Gilley Dr Michael Loewe Lady Marion Body Joyce Bogoni Joan Smeaton Dennis Underwood Betty Webb Gwendoline Page Margaret Thomas   We would like to take this opportunity to thank not just the Veterans of Bletchley Park and its Outstations, but all Veterans, for their service.    Very special thanks go to Mr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.   Image: Wrens in London on VJ Day. With grateful thanks to Mrs Joan Smeaton.   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #BletchleyParkVJDay75, #VJDay75
2020-08-15
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Intelligence Insight No. 013

July 2020    As COVID-19 struck we decided to start releasing these extra episodes to give you our listeners something extra each week while you were in lockdown. We are glad we could share so many previously unheard recordings that we just hadn?t been able to before and hopefully these shows have helped you through these extraordinary times, if even in a small way.    Over the next few episodes we shall start to return to our more normal podcast episodes and eventually our It Happen Here shows too.   It seems only fitting that as our last Intelligence Insight we look at how Bletchley Park has managed to finally reopen to the public. It?s been a long journey, which is still not over, but who better to hear from than some of our paid and volunteer staff who have made it happen.   Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma,
2020-07-31
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Intelligence Insight No. 012

July 2020    Bletchley Park is an independent charity and so we rely on the ticket sales of our visitors for 95% of our operating costs, but another way to support the museum is to become a Friend of Bletchley Park.    As a friend of Bletchley Park you not only get our normal free unlimited year-round access to our heritage site and museum, but a range of other benefits including exclusive events, previews and discounts ? all while knowing you are helping us to keep telling the story of the vital war winning work carried out by the men and women of The Government Code and Cypher School during WW2.   So in this episode we take you back to early 2018 and to one of those exclusive Friends talks from our very own Research Historian Dr David Kenyon. The Y Service was the organisation responsible for intercepting enemy wireless and radio communications with Y Stations based around the world. In his talk David focused on a smaller part of this organisation, the Coastal Y Service.    In the Q&A that follows his talk, who better to help him than Pat Davies who from 1942 ? 1945 was one of those Intercept Operators for the Royal Navy. Post war Pat had an astonishing career as a journalist, documentary maker and television producer. In June 2019 the French Government awarded her the Legion d'honneur.   Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma,
2020-07-17
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Intelligence Insight No. 011

July 2020    In this episode we are staying with Dermot Turing & his wider family. First we go back to a very cold day in March 2015 when more than twenty members of Alan Turing?s family gathered at Bletchley Park to pay tribute to their famous ancestor. The Imitation Game had been released only a few months earlier, so to have so many Turing?s in one place, at the same time, meant the worlds press turned up too & so the perfect opportunity for Dermot to launch the fundraising campaign for the restoration of Hut 11a.    Then we will return to Hut 11a exactly 3 years later & the official opening of The Bombe Breakthrough. In the very building that housed the Bombe Machines during World War Two the exhibition tells the entire story for the first time. From the earliest work by Polish Codebreakers using mathematics & machines, through Alan Turing & Gordon Welchman?s famous invention, to finally producing war winning intelligence for the Allies. You will hear from the people involved with creating the exhibition, VIP?s & guests, including some of our specially invited Veteran?s.       * Producers Note * Bletchley Park will be safely reopening to visitors on Saturday the 4th of July. All visitors must pre-book online, including Friends or Annual Season Pass holders. Please head to the Bletchley Park website for the latest information.   Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma, @PolishEmbassyUK
2020-07-03
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Intelligence Insight No. 010

June 2020    This week we return for the second and final time to the 2018 launch of Dermot Turing?s book, X, Y and Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken. It?s a story of international cooperation, spanning many years and for the first time tells of how the French, British and Polish secret services came together to unravel the secrets of the Enigma machine.   At the launch Dermot was joined by Nathalie Genet-Rouffiac, the Curator of Heritage for the French Ministry of the Armed Forces and GCHQ Historian Tony Comer. To finish this episode we have highlights from the Q&A Session that all three joined, which ended the day.   But first we return to Dermot?s talk. In the last episode we left the Polish Codebreakers, enjoying life, living in a Chateau, working for the French. He now completes the story of what happened to them following the Allied landings in North Africa in late 1942 as the Germans rushed to occupy Vichy France.   Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020   * Producers Note * While we are still in these exceptional times, we will continue to produce these Intelligence Insight episodes, switching to one every two weeks from now. We are also looking forward to bringing you new episodes in our It Happened Here series as soon as we are able to. In the meantime, please follow Bletchley Park on social media and visit the website for the latest information on plans to safely reopen, thank you.   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma, @PolishEmbassyUK
2020-06-19
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Intelligence Insight No. 009

June 2020    The breaking of the German Enigma machine wasn?t just down to the Codebreakers at Bletchley Park and it didn?t start with the outbreak of World War Two. It?s a story of international cooperation, spanning many years and who better to tell it than the nephew of Alan Turing.    In this, the first of two episodes, we return to 2018 when Bletchley Park hosted representatives of the Polish Embassy in London and families of Polish codebreakers, for the launch of Dermot Turing?s book, X, Y and Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken.   Based on his own original research and newly released documents, both in the book and this exclusively recorded talk, Dermot tells the story of how the French, British and Polish secret services came together to unravel the secrets of the Enigma machine.    He is introduced by His Excellency the Ambassador of Republic of Poland, Dr Arkady Rzegocki.   Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma, @PolishEmbassyUK
2020-06-12
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Intelligence Insight No. 008

June 2020    This week we return for the last time to the Bill Tutte symposium that was held at Bletchley Park in 2017, the centenary of his birth.    In this episode we bring you the closing address of the day given by our then Chairman, Sir John Scarlett. But before that we have the final speaker of the day, the BBC?s Security Correspondent, Gordon Corera, here for the first time in full.   The work that Bill did at Bletchley Park would help lead to the creation of the cutting edge technology of the Colossus Computer. Therefore it was fitting that in his talk Gordon looked for the connecting threads between then and now, between maths and machines, computers and people.    Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma, #Tunny
2020-06-05
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Intelligence Insight No. 007

May 2020    We return in this episode to the Bill Tutte symposium that was held at Bletchley Park in 2017, on the centenary of his birth. Again we bring you one of the many talks given that day, but for the first time in full.   Bill Tutte?s breaking of the Lorenz machine led to the Codebreakers at Bletchley Park being able to read the messages being sent between Hitler, the German High Command and the Generals in the field. In his talk our Research Historian Dr David Kenyon, looked at why this was so important to the Allied planners. Focusing specifically on how intelligence derived from Tunny decrypts played a role in D-Day, he asked the question ?How Fishy was Ultra??   To find out even more about the work of The Western Front Committee and the planning for D-Day, why not go back and listen to Episode 88 The Tide of Victory, where we looked at this in even greater detail.   Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma, #Tunny
2020-05-29
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Intelligence Insight No. 006

May 2020    In this episode we stay with the attack on the Lorenz code that Bill Tutte played such an important part in, with a first-hand account.   Captain Jerry Roberts worked with Bill Tutte in The Testery cracking, what they called Tunny, the German High Commands code, used by Hitler & his top Generals. Jerry tells us what it was like to work in The Testery, why breaking Tunny was so important to the ultimate Allied victory and of his 3 Heroes of Bletchley Park.   Jerry?s was the last of a day of talks held in 2012 as part of the celebrations of Alan Turing?s Centenary. The introduction is by Lord Charles Brocket who acted as master of ceremonies for the day.    In memoriam, Captain Jerry Roberts MBE (1920-2014)   Image: ©mcfontaine   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma, #Lorenz, #Veteran
2020-05-22
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Intelligence Insight No. 005

May 2020    In this episode we again return to the Bill Tutte symposium that was held at Bletchley Park in 2017, on the centenary of his birth.    As a member of the Bill Tutte Memorial Fund Claire Butterfield had by 2017 spent 4 years campaigning for more recognition for the little-known mathematical genius. For the first time we can bring you Claire?s entire talk that opened the day and in it she explores Bill?s entire life and work.     Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma, #Tunny
2020-05-15
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E108 - Victory in Europe

May 2020   After more than 5 and a half years of fighting, 75 Years ago today the war in Europe officially finally came to an end.    To commemorate the day we present this special It Happened Here episode. Using archive recordings and interviews with our Veterans from both our official Oral History Project and nearly 8 years of podcasts, we hope to take you back to the heady days of early May 1945.   20 of our Veterans will share their memories, both happy and sometimes poignant, of what VE Day and beyond meant to them. Featured in order of appearance are:   Betty Flavell Peggy Huntingdon Ron Unwin Joyce Spurr Tim Edwards Pamela Billinton Lady Marion Body Elizabeth Ruth Hughes Mary Sherrard Joyce Bogoni Betty Lawrie Eileen Younghusband Helene Aldwinckle Sheila Willson Walter 'Joe' Wright Margaret Thomas Jane Fawcett Elizabeth Marshall Stanley Clegg Marigold Freeman-Attwood   We would like to take this opportunity to thank not just the Veterans of Bletchley Park and its Outstations, but all Veterans, for their service.    Very special thanks go to Mr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.   Image: WAAFs in Trafalgar Square. With grateful thanks to Mrs Margaret Rowland.   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #VEDay75
2020-05-08
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E107 - The German Surrenders

May 2020   Since first marching into Poland on the 1st September 1939, the German army had conquered most of Europe. But the tide had turned and, as April 1945 began, they were caught between the Western Allies and the vast Red Army of the Soviet Union. The inevitable end was finally in sight, but not before multiple surrenders were signed.   For the Codebreakers of Bletchley Park, after more than 5 and a half years, their work wasn?t over. Not only did they have to keep supplying vital intelligence, but they also looked towards an uncertain future and the threat of a new enemy. It must have been satisfying for the night shift in Hut 6 on the 7th May 1945 as they secretly became some of the first people to learn that the war in Europe was at an end.   With the help of archival recordings and Ultra decrypts from the time, Bletchley Park?s Research Officer, Dr Thomas Cheetham, guides us through the dramatic last days of the Nazi regime.    Very special thanks go to Mr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.   In memoriam, Eileen Younghusband BEM  (1921-2016) WAAF Section Officer   Image: PD-USGov-Military-Army   * Producers Note * Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation & the podcast team working from home, we have had to record this episode remotely.  This means that the audio is not to the high quality we would normally wish it to be. But very much in the make do and mend spirit of WW2 we have improved it the best we can and hope our listeners will understand and still enjoy the episode.   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #VEDay75
2020-05-01
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Intelligence Insight No. 004

April 2020    Many of Bletchley Park?s senior early war staff had cut their codebreaking teeth during World War One. In 2015 we opened an exhibition called The Road to Bletchley Park which looked at the work of Room 40 and MI1B. So following on from our previous Intelligence Insight we will be sharing again some interviews with the families of these famous Codebreakers of both conflicts.   Dillwyn ?Dilly? Knox started World War Two as GC&CS?s Chief Codebreaker but in World War One had been one of the team that helped to break the famous Zimmerman Telegram. So first we return to 2015 when 14 members of his family paid us a visit and we spoke to his 4 grandchildren, Charlotte, Tim, Peter and the modern incarnation of Dilly.   The person credited with most of the work on the Zimmerman Telegram was Nigel de Grey. Again in 2015 we spoke to Michael de Grey about his grandfather?s work and he shared some amazing letters that Nigel sent him as a child. Then Michael?s brother, Anthony de Grey spoke about their father John de Grey who joined their grandfather to work at Bletchley Park during World War Two.   We then move forward to 2016 and join Michael and Anthony at the opening of the second part of The Road to Bletchley Park. Our final selection this week is from 2017 when we celebrated the 100th anniversary of The Zimmerman Telegram. For this event Michael and Anthony were joined by Edward Hohler, whose grandfather Thomas was ?Our man in Mexico? at the time.   Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma, #WW1 
2020-04-24
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Intelligence Insight No. 003

April 2020    Over the years we have been very fortunate to welcome the families of some of our more famous Codebreakers for a visit to Bletchley Park. The families always have such an immense pride in their ancestors and the work they did for GC&CS and it?s always an honour for the podcast to sit down with them for our listeners.   Following on from our last podcast, Invasion Norway, where we looked at the vital work Harry Hinsley carried out in the Naval Section, we go back to 2017 when two of his children, Clarissa & Hugo paid a visit with 3 generations of the family. They not only speak about their famous father but also their mother Hillary who also worked at Bletchley Park.   We will then hear from Gordon Welchman?s grandson Geoffrey on his first visit to Bletchley Park and how emotional it was for him.    Finally we sit down with Welchman?s biographer Dr Joel Greenberg, his granddaughter Jenny and two Veterans Jimmy Thirsk and Betty Webb as they discuss his wartime work and his book The Hut 6 Story.    Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma, #GCHQ
2020-04-17
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E106 - Invasion Norway

April 2020    In early 1940, as winter turned to spring, the world waited for the ?Phony war? to end with the expected German attack in the west. But the leaders of both Allied and Axis forces were looking in another direction, to the north, to the snow and the steel, to Scandinavia.   Meanwhile in a wooden hut at Bletchley Park, recent recruit Harry Hinsley was certain a German fleet was preparing to set sail, but how could he, a 21-year-old civilian in a highly secret department, persuade the Admiralty that he was right?   In this ?It Happened Here? episode we explore the difficult start of Bletchley Park?s role in Britain?s war at sea. Bletchley Park?s Research Historian Dr David Kenyon will be our guide.   As usual special thanks go to Mr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.   * Producers Note *
We have had to record this episode remotely due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. This means that the audio quality is not to the high quality we would normally wish it to be. We hope our listeners will understand and still enjoy this episode.   Image: Public Domain Naval History and Heritage Command   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyParkEnigma80, #Enigma80
2020-04-10
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Intelligence Insight No. 002

April 2020    2017 was the centenary of a relatively little-known genius who went straight from studying mathematics at Cambridge to codebreaking for the Government Code and Cypher School. The crucial role that Bill Tutte played in the attack on the system used by Hitler and his high command, Lorenz, not only broke it but also helped paved the way for the creation of the world?s first large-scale electronic digital computer, Colossus.   Finally Bill received the recognition he so richly deserved with a BBC Documentary, an exhibition at Bletchley Park and, on the day of his centenary, a symposium of talks about his life and work.   Here for the first time we can bring you, instead of just highlights, the entire talk and Q&A session from GCHQ?s shortly to retire Departmental Historian, Tony Comer. In his talk Tony looked at the fundamental changes that had happened at GC&CS to allow Bill Tutte to carry out his breath-taking achievements.   We have also included again the interview we recorded at The National Arboretum in 2019 with Tony. It was an opportunity to look back at his career and to exclusively introduce his replacement to the world.   Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma, #GCHQ
2020-04-03
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Intelligence Insight No. 001

March 2020    Bletchley Park Museum is currently closed as a precautionary measure to help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Our staff and volunteers like so many around the world are in lockdown, self-isolation or working remotely from home.   Bletchley Parks CEO Iain Standen said ?This isn?t the first time that Bletchley Park has operated at unprecedented times of national crisis and it is the values of those that have and still work here ? understanding, collaboration, integrity, perseverance, resilience ? that we hold dear at this moment.?   While we can we will continue to produce our normal podcasts but in addition to that the Podcast Team have decided to bring you something each Friday for the next few weeks. With 8 years of content we will not only return to some gems from previous shows but also bring you things that have not been heard before.    For this first episode our producer Mark Cotton has dipped into the over 100 hours of recordings to bring you a selection of interviews that he has found most memorable.   Included are:   Wyn Ribchester Flo Cole Mary Watkins & Betty Webb Marigold Freeman-Attwood Jeannie Kotchie   We hope all our listeners, their families and friends, stay safe and well.   Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma
2020-03-27
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E105 - Plunder on the Rhine

March 2020    As 1945 began, the Germans? last roll of the dice in the Ardennes has failed. They were left to face the overwhelming force of men and materiel of the Allied armies approaching the Fatherland from all directions.    For the Allies in the west, the natural barrier of the Rhine River was all that lay between them and the open plains of Germany, and the last phase of the war in the west.    Meanwhile the Government Code & Cypher School at Bletchley Park were producing more intelligence than ever before, but for how much longer? We?ll find out how it was at this point that the Germans challenged the Codebreakers like never before.    In this It Happened Here episode our Research Officer Dr Thomas Cheetham will take us through the action on the front line and reveal just how difficult it was becoming to keep supplying actionable Intelligence in the last year of the war.   As usual special thanks go to Mr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.   In memoriam, Eileen Younghusband BEM  (1921-2016) WAAF Section Officer   Image: US Army Green Books
2020-03-13
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E104 - Challenge HQ

February 2020    In contrast to its roots as a top secret organisation, the name of Bletchley Park is now recognised around the world. Sharing Bletchley Park?s stories with our audiences through education is at the heart what we now do here. Since first opening the site as a museum in 1992, educational programming has been a crucial part of the work of Bletchley Park Trust.    Our Learning team of dedicated staff and volunteers now welcomes over 35,000 visitors to the site each year and reaches even more through their growing Outreach and Digital programmes. Their workshops, tours and events have won awards at the national School Travel Awards and a prestigious Sandford Award in 2019.   A recent project, Challenge HQ, has seen Bletchley Park open brand new learning spaces on site to complement the increasing work done by this busy team. This gives us a perfect opportunity for our listeners to meet the Learning team and find out more about this exciting new project.   For the Bletchley Park Podcast, we brought five local young people, who have taken part in the new project, back to the Park to meet a Veteran of BP?s Japanese Section, Betty Webb.   Image ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyPark, #Enigma
2020-02-18
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E103 - Enigma Unlocked

January 2020    80 years ago, in January 1940, British and French troops were freezing in their dugouts awaiting a German attack which would not come for several months yet; the so-called ?Phony war?.   Bletchley Park, by contrast was a hive of activity as efforts were made to break into German codes and ciphers, including the Enigma system, before the land war began in earnest.   In this ?It Happened Here? episode we are guided by Bletchley Park?s Research Historian Dr David Kenyon through the evolution of this infamous cipher machine, and the international efforts which led to the unlocking of its secrets in January 1940.   As usual special thanks go to Mr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.   Image courtesy of Vic Roberts.   #BPark, #WW2, #BletchleyParkEnigma80, #Enigma80
2020-01-22
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E102 - Collegiate Connections

December 2019    During World War Two, 34 alumnae of St Hugh?s College Oxford ended up working at Bletchley Park and its Outstations and In March 2020 the college will be holding a symposium to celebrate them.    In this, the last of three episodes this month, our Oral History Officer Jonathan Byrne tells us how this has opened up a potential new source for us to discover more of our Veterans and to hopefully capture more stories before it is too late.   The rest of this episode is given over to the fascinating stories of Wenda Reynolds and Nancy Sandars two of those St Hugh?s College ladies.   Bletchley local, Miss Wenda Reynolds worked at GC&CS in both the Mansion and Hut 9 from 1941 till 1945.   Miss Nancy Sandars served first as a motorcycle despatch rider, and then joined the WRNS as a Y-Service Wireless Operator.   In memoriam, Miss Wenda Reynolds (1914-2017) and Miss Nancy Sandars (1914-2015)   Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2019   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2
2019-12-28
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E101 - Battle of the Bulge

December 2019    After nearly 6 months of fighting from the beaches of Normandy, by early December 1944 the Allies? front line stretched for 600 miles from the North Sea coast to the borders of Switzerland. The Scheldt estuary had finally been cleared, allowing the port of Antwerp to be opened and to start to ease their supply problems.    With one of the coldest winters on record taking hold and Christmas approaching many of the front line troops probably expected a respite for at least a few weeks. What they didn?t expect was for more than 400,000 German troops to come smashing through the Ardennes on a mission to recapture Antwerp and split the Allied forces in two.   Why was the Battle of the Bulge such a surprise? Was it Allied complacency or German ingenuity? In this ?It Happened Here? episode, using contemporary archival documents, Bletchley Park?s Research Officer Dr Thomas Cheetham, will try to answer those questions.   Special thanks to Mr Ben Thomson for playing the role of our Intelligence Officer.   In memoriam, Eileen Younghusband BEM  (1921-2016) WAAF Section Officer   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #Bulge75
2019-12-17
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E100 ? Légion d?honneur

December 2019    At the end of each year we like to focus on the important work that our Oral History Officer Jonathan Byrne and his team of staff and volunteers carry out. The interviews they record not only help to build a better picture of the vital work carried out here during World War Two but also help us develop new ways to share those stories with our visitors, such as exhibitions, family activities and online resources.   In this, the first of three episodes this month, we catch up with Jonathan and find out about the presentation of France?s highest order of merit, the Légion d?honneur, to Bletchley Park Veterans.   We also introduce the newest member of Jonathan?s team, Oral History Assistant, Will Hankey who describes his passion for his work.   The rest of this episode explores the experiences of three of our Légion d?honneur recipients.   Mrs Helene Aldwinckle worked in Hut 6 and Block D (6) at Bletchley Park from 1942 till 1945.   RAF Flight Sergeant Gordon Rosenberg served in Special Liaison Units 8 and 9, first in Europe and then later in the Pacific.    Walter ?Joe? Wright served with the Royal Signals in Special Communications Units 1 and 8 from August 1944 till September 1945.   Image courtesy the Aldwinckle family.   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2
2019-12-12
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E99 - 100 Years of Codebreaking

November 2019    In this month?s 2nd episode celebrating the anniversary of the creation of GCHQ, where better to learn more about those 100 years than in the heart of its current Headquarters.   We were given special permission to record within the walls of the famous ?Doughnut? building in Cheltenham. Our guide to those top secret corridors is GCHQ?s new official Historian David Abrutat.   With a century of codebreaking behind them, there is a rich history to dive into and it?s not just about Bletchley Park.   The team at today?s Bletchley Park have marked GCHQ?s Centenary with a new display called From GC&CS to GCHQ. We find out about some of the people and stories in the exhibition from Exhibitions Manager and podcast host, Erica Munro.   A very special thanks to GCHQ for allowing us to record this exclusive episode.    Image: ©Crown Copyright   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #GCHQ100
2019-11-21
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E98 - GCHQ at 100

November 2019    During WW1 the United Kingdom had two separate cryptographic organisations, the Navy?s Room 40 & the Army?s MI1(b). Both had major codebreaking success during the conflict but it was decided that after the war that they should merge.    On the 1st of November 1919 the Government Code & Cypher School or GC&CS was created. Best known for its work during WW2 at Bletchley Park, after the war its name was changed to one more familiar to us today GCHQ.   To mark the anniversary, a special event was held exactly 100 years later with past and present members of staff and representatives of the other Five Eyes Intelligence Services from around the world.   We?ll hear from GCHQ?s current director Jeremy Fleming as well as memories from the staff that were specially recorded for the event.   We catch up with Bletchley Park Veteran Betty Webb who shares her pride at being part of the organisation and talks about the changing role of women in defence with her guest Retired Colonel Ali Brown.   Finally we mark the retirement of a very good friend of the podcast, GCHQ?s Official Historian Tony Comer. The centenary event was a chance to say goodbye to Tony and meet his replacement, whose identity we can exclusively reveal in this podcast.    #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #GCHQ100
2019-11-11
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E97 - Early Days

October 2019    ?Gas masks are to be taken? so ends what seems a rather mundane government memo dated the 2nd of August 1939. It importance becomes apparent when you discover this was the Move Order sent to the staff of the Government Code and Cypher School.    As Hitler threatened Poland it seemed another war in Europe was inevitable, so it was decided the staff of GC&CS should move to their War Station in the Buckinghamshire countryside. With hindsight we now know that over the next 6 long years, Bletchley Park would become a codebreaking factory, but what were those Early Days really like?   In this ?It Happened Here? episode, our host, Erica Munro & Bletchley Park?s Research Officer Dr Thomas Cheetham take us back to August 1939 and through documents held in the archives tell the story of the arrival at Bletchley and dispel a few myths along the way.   Special thanks to Mr Ben Thomson for voicing our archival documents.   In memoriam, Jane Fawcett MBE (1921?2016) FO Civilian Hut 6   Image courtesy Judie Hodsdon    #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #80WW2
2019-10-10
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E96 - Market Garden

September 2019    By early September 1944, with the Normandy Campaign behind them, 6 Allied Armies were racing across Northern France and into the Low Countries. Ahead of them the remnants of the German Army were retreating to the borders of the Fatherland. To many on the Allied side it seemed that a bold action was all that was needed to finish the war by Christmas.   The plan called for a carpet of paratroopers to capture and hold bridges along a 64 mile road, allowing an armoured spearhead to reach its goal of the bridge at Arnhem. If successful this would leave the route to the industrial heart of Germany, The Ruhr, wide open.   For this ?It Happened Here? episode, Bletchley Park?s Research Officer Dr Thomas Cheetham has been looking in detail at the entire operation, including Bletchley Park?s contribution, to tell us if it always was going to be just A Bridge Too Far.   Special thanks to Mr Ben Thomson for playing the role of our Hut 3 Intelligence Officer.   In memoriam, Eileen Younghusband BEM (1921-2016) WAAF Section Officer   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #MarketGarden75
2019-09-17
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E95 - Veterans Reunion 2019

September 2019    Each year, to mark the arrival of the first Codebreakers at Station X in 1939 we hold our Veterans Reunion. This year it was made more poignant as the date fell on the 80th anniversary of the invasion of Poland.    The Reunion is always a very special day for us at Bletchley Park as it gives us the chance to thank our Veterans for their service. For the Veterans it is a chance to meet old friends, reminisce and tell stories of their time here.    This is the podcasts 8th reunion and this year we were lucky enough to sit down with four of these amazing people to have a chat. Many are accompanied by their families and for them it can be very emotional as for the first time they get to hear in detail what their relation did during World War Two.   Christine Brose set this year?s record for travelling to the reunion, coming with her two sons from Tasmania. She insists she ?didn?t do anything important? but at age seventeen in 1941 she ended up working in Hut 8 Naval Section under Hugh Alexander. When Winston Churchill made his one war-time visit to the home of the codebreakers, it was Alexander who jumped to Christine?s defence.    The army originally wanted Arthur Maddocks to be a Tank Commander but he thinks the study of economic theory at Oxford University probably made him more suited to breaking codes in The Testery. Even though he was only at GC&CS for the last year of the war it would have an effect on the rest of his life as it led to him meeting his wife of 72 years.   Audrey Hodges is proud of her service and she feels she was ?doing her bit to protect her country?. After leaving a factory job she hated in Newcastle she ended up in 1941 working for the Foreign Office at Bletchley Park. Her granddaughter Nicole tells us just how cool it is to have a ?Nan? who worked as a Codebreaker.   Finally, we join Eric Dodd and four generations of his very proud family. Eric was in the Royal Signals working as a Special Wireless Operator for our Y Service. On D-Day he could understand his German counterparts for the first time as under attack they broke with procedure.   Special thanks to our roving reporter Sarah Langston.

Image: ©Will Amlot for the Bletchley Park Trust 2019
#BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #80WW2
2019-09-10
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E94 - 90 Days

August 2019    In earlier episodes this year we have concentrated on the preparations for, and the events of D-Day itself, the 6th of June. However D-Day was only the beginning of the Normandy Campaign.   The Allies had to face an enemy determined to throw them back in to the sea and it led to some of the bitterest fighting that Western Europe saw in WW2. It would eventually, after three months, end in a massive victory for the Allies and the liberation of Paris at the end of August 1944.    In this ?It Happened Here? episode, we see how Bletchley Park continued to contribute to Allied success. We?ll find out how the nature of this contribution changed from one of supporting the planning of future operations, to one of supporting an ongoing battle.    Bletchley Park?s Research Officer Thomas Cheetham has been exploring the role of ULTRA intelligence in this crucial campaign.   #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #DDay75, #BletchleyParkDDay
2019-08-10
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E93 - The GPO and GC&CS

July 2019    Most people now know of the work carried out by Tommy Flowers and his team that ultimately led to the design and construction of ?Colossus?, the world?s first large-scale electronic digital computer. Flowers worked for the General Post Office at their Research Station at Dollis Hill but that work was just one part of the connection between the GPO and the Codebreakers at Bletchley Park.    With the opening this year of our new exhibition, D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion, that link with the modern GPO, British Telecom now called BT, continues.   In this episode our research historian, Dr David Kenyon, sat down with the Head of Heritage and Archives for BT, David Hay, to talk about our shared history.   Also in this episode we bring you something very special indeed. In 1981 at the modern equivalent of Dollis Hill, Adastral Park, Tommy Flowers and some of his original team gave a talk about their wartime work and thanks to BT we can bring you highlights of that reunion.     BT is the Sole and Exclusive Corporate Partner of the restoration of Teleprinter Building and the Exclusive and Sole Partner of the Exhibition.   Image: ©BT ref TCB 638/RES 23706-05 Tommy Flowers & Team 1981 reunion     #BPark, #Bletchleypark, #WW2, #DDay75, #BT
2019-07-23
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