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Book Title: The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories|
ISBN 13: 9781781313879
The author of the book: Michael Smith
Edition: Aurum Press
Date of issue: March 1st 2015
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The public fascination with Britain's wartime codebreakers shows no sign of abating, as reflected in the success of numerous books and newspaper articles, and television programs like The Bletchley Circle. The Bletchley Park Trust has embarked on a plan to transform the previously ramshackle and poorly organized site, restoring the historic huts and creating a multi-million pound visitors' center which will open in June. One hundred and fifty thousand people visit Bletchley Park every year and it is estimated that the new museum will increase this number to a quarter of a million.
Amid all this enthusiasm and interest, one major area of Bletchley Park has so far received less focus than it deserves. At the peak of Bletchley's success, a total of twelve thousand people worked there of whom nine thousand were women. Their roles ranged from some of the leading codebreakers, cracking German messages that others could not break, through the debutantes who chauffeured the codebreakers to and from work, to women like Baroness Trumpington who were employed as filing clerks, to the mass of girls from ordinary working families who operated machines or listed endless streams of figures, largely unaware of the major impact their work was having on the war.
The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories tells the stories of these women, how they came to be there, the lives they gave up to do 'their bit' for the war effort, and the part they played in the vital work of 'Station X'. The central protagonists are a Debutante who was an indexer in the Naval Section alongside Baroness Trumpington; a Student of German literature who broke off her studies at the age of nineteen to go to Bletchley and went on to become one of Britain's leading code breakers; a Foreign Office Clerk who was the personal assistant to the head of Bletchley Park; a Wren who worked on the 'Bombes', the incredible machine designed by Alan Turing which helped break the Enigma ciphers; a Stripper, one of the women who worked on the Japanese codes, writing out endless streams of numbers to assist in stripping off the ciphers; and a Teleprinter Operator who has never seen her work as being as important as that of the 'real people' who worked at 'Station X', even though like all these women she was an essential cog in a very large machine and without her and her colleagues the code breakers' intelligence would never have reached the commanders who used it to help to win the war.
They are an incredible set of women, and this is their story.
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