Action This Day Paperback – 1 Nov 2002
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'Absolutely the best book ever written about codebreaking at Bletchley Park.' -- Louis Kruh, Editor, Cryptologia
Peppered with priceless anecdotal and technical detail. Fascinating stuff -- New Scientist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Peppered with priceless anecdotal and technical detail. Fascinating stuff New Scientist
The brilliant work carried out by British codebreakers based at Bletchley Park is now believed to have shortened the duration of the Second World War by up to two years. But during the dark days of 1941, as Britain stood almost alone against the apparently unstoppable tide of the Nazi war machine, this remarkable achievement seemed a million miles away.
In October 1941, four of the leading codebreakers wrote a letter to Winston Churchill telling him that the crucial work of codebreaking was being held up and in some cases not being done at all, principally because we cannot get sufficient staff to deal with it. Churchill insisted that they be given everything they needed, adding the succinct instruction: Action This Day. It was to be a key turning point for the codebreakers, if not for the war itself.
Michael Smith and Ralph Erskine, both leading authorities on the work of Bletchley Park, have assembled a number of key writers to explain its importance in the history of twentieth-century codebreaking and the birth of todays computer age. The authors include several of those who worked at Bletchley Park, some of whom have only now agreed to tell their stories, as well as a number of prominent experts on various aspects of the codebreakers extraordinary achievements.
The contributors and editors have donated their royalties from the publication of this book to the Bletchley Park Trust.See all Product Description
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