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The Debs of Bletchley Park by Michael Smith
  

The Debs of Bletchley Park

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More than eight thousand women worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, largely unsung, they played a crucial role in breaking the German codes. As Michael Smith’s new book shows, they were many and varied from all walks of life. From the Debutante and the Stripper to the Wren and the Student it was these 'real people', all women, who worked at Bletchley Park to break the codes whose intelligence helped to win the war. They are an incredible set of women, and this is their story. ~ Sue Baker

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The Debs of Bletchley Park by Michael Smith

For Winston Churchill the men and women at Bletchley Park were 'the geese the laid the golden eggs', providing important intelligence that led to the Allied victory in the Second World War. At the peak of Bletchley's success, a total of twelve thousand people worked there of whom more than eight thousand were women. These included a former ballerina who helped to crack the Enigma Code; a debutante working for the Admiralty with a direct line to Churchill; the convent girl who operated the Bombes, the top secret machines that tested Enigma settings; and the German literature student whose codebreaking saved countless lives at D-Day.

All these women were essential cogs in a very large machine, yet their stories have been kept secret. In The Debs of Bletchley Park author Michael Smith, trustee of Bletchley Park and chair of the Trust's Historical Advisory Committee, tells their tale. Through interviews with the women themselves and unique access to the Bletchley Park archives, Smith reveals 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'.

They are an incredible set of women, and this is their story.

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'Comprehensive...movingly portrayed ... Smith provides a useful corrective to the many accounts that see Turing as the lone central figure at Bletchley.'`If you are looking for a riveting, un-put-downable read to curl up with on a Siberian January night - look no further than Michael Smith's marvellous book - The Debs of Bletchley Park''colourful and engaging social history'`Brisk and readable story of the women of Bletchley ... Smith is good on what the women actually did''Pacey and easy to read ... a fascinating account of how the war changed life for women in all strata of society'
A five star comprehensive and emotionally engaging read. A fascinating account

... long overdue. `If you are looking for a riveting, un-put-downable read to curl up with on a Siberian January night - look no further than Michael Smith's marvellous book - The Debs of Bletchley Park
A fascinating account

... long overdue.

A five star comprehensive and emotionally engaging read.


About the Author

Michael Smith

Michael Smith is an award-winning journalist and the author of a number of bestselling books on spies, special forces and codebreaking including The Sunday Times number one bestseller Station X: The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park; Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews; The Spying Game and Killer Elite: The Inside Story of America’s Most Secret Special Operations Team. He is also the co-editor, with Ralph Erskine, of The Bletchley Park Codebreakers. Smith was a member of the British Army's Intelligence Corps before joining the BBC. He was a reporter and defence correspondent for both the Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times covering the wars in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. Smith is a trustee of Bletchley Park and chair of the Trust’s Historical Advisory Committee. He lives near Henley-on-Thames.

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Publication date

18th June 2015

Author

Michael Smith

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Publisher

Aurum Press Ltd

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History

Second World War
Espionage & secret services

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9781781313886

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