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The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories
Author: Michael Smith

ISBN: 9781781313879
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 8 January 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 15.9 x 3.0
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 or, like Baroness Trumpington, 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 will tell 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 the debutante who was an indexer in the Naval Section alongside Baroness Trumpington; the student of German literature who broke off her studies at the age of nineteen to go to Bletchley and went on to became one of Britain's leadin...

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