The Bletchley Enigma

The third day of our Bank Holiday weekend was spent at Bletchley Park.

Bletchley Park was the central location for British codebreakers during World War II, working on decoding the secret communications of the enemy – most notably the German “Enigma” cipher.  By the end of the war, around 10,000 personnel were working at Bletchley and its outstations – three quarters of them were women.

The park is now open to the public as a museum, telling the story of the vital work that went on there, which is believed to have shortened the war by to to four years.

Monday was the third day of a “40s weekend” which featured period dress and music to complement the surroundings.

 

Re-enactors in period costume.

Inside the mansion house.

In the grounds.

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Statue of Alan Turing, who played a pivotal role in cracking the Nazi codes.

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The “Bombe” – an electro-mechanical device that helped decrypt the codes generated by the German “Enigma Machine”.

IMG_4192Reconstruction of an office in one of the huts.

 

 

 

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