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Station X: The Code Breakers of Bletchley Park (Pan Grand Strategy Series) Paperback – 6 Feb 2004
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STATION X tells the true story, as it has never been told before, of the amazing achievements of the codebreakers working at Bletchley Park in the Second World War.
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Michael Smith is a defence correspondent at the Daily Telegraph
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This book is informative, yet fun; and when they succeed it's amazing, when they battle for days and night to crack the codes and are fully aware men are dying, they respond by working ever harder to get the job done.
You will be full of admiration for these folk who shortened the war by years not days! As Lady Hooper's poem shows, many never knew how the part they played fitted in; and this is the best book to read, from those who did know and cared, doing such a wonderful 'job'!
I can't recommended this book often or highly enough, for anyone who thinks they know how the war was won - it is required reading, and enjoyable, dry witted, and full of pathos to boot!
I have found this book interesting and enjoyable for two reasons:
- for the fact that it is written including testimonial accounts related to people who worked there at Bletchley during those years;
- made me conscious of one fact: they made a great job there savings lots of people and stopping the German dictatorship.
Unlike some tellings of the Bletchley Park history, Station X doesn't focus exclusively on the race to decode the German ciphers, nor does it build up the tension to a crescendo. Instead, Michael Smith puts the efforts of the code breakers and their military handlers into the context of WWII to show how the work done in this ground breaking establishment allowed all kinds of successes in the European theatre, successes that could have been harrowing failures otherwise.
If there is a criticism - and it is a slight one only - it is that the book sometimes reads more like a textbook than a flowing story, but given the subject matter and the necessary asides to explain some of the technical details this would have been hard to avoid. Overall, a thoroughly engaging and insightful view of one of the most extraordinary groups working within the Allies' efforts to defeat Hitler.
He wanted to explain the technicalities of complex decoding. Secondly, the story of the daily life at Bletchley Park needed to be covered. And finally; the impact of the Ultra information on the several theatres of World War II had to be explained.
Once the reader realizes that he is getting 3 books for the price of one, then Station X is a book that gives a totally new perspective on what really happened during WW II.
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