- Tapa blanda: 256 páginas
- Editor: Biteback (1 de agosto de 2011)
- Colección: Dialogue Espionage Classics
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1849540950
- ISBN-13: 978-1849540957
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- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº391.784 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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When Captain Ridley's shooting partyA" arrived at Bletchley Park in 1939 no-one would have guessed that by 1945 the guests would number nearly 10,000 and that collectively they would have contributed decisively to the Allied war effort. Their role? To decode the Enigma cypher used by the Germans for high-level communications. It is an astonishing story. A melting pot of Oxbridge dons maverick oddballs and more regular citizens worked night and day at Station X, as Bletchley Park was known, to derive intelligence information from German coded messages. Bear in mind that an Enigma machine had a possible 159 million million million different settings and the magnitude of the challenge becomes apparent. That they succeeded, despite military scepticism, supplying information that led to the sinking of the Bismarck, Montgomery's victory in North Africa and the D-Day landings, is testament to an indomitable spirit that wrenched British intelligence into the modern age, as the Second World War segued into the Cold War. Michael Smith constructs his absorbing narrative around the reminiscences of those who worked and played at Bletchley Park, and their stories add a very human colour to their cerebral activity. The code breakers of Station X did not win the war but they undoubtedly shortened it, and the lives saved on both sides stand as their greatest achievement.
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Michael Smith is a former military intelligence officer and award-winning journalist and author. He is the author of many books, including most recently, Six: A history of Britain's secret intelligence services.
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I was especially interested in the Bismarck, Operation Barbarossa, Dieppe, U Boat North Atlantic War, Sword Operation of North Africa, Overlord, and Double Cross which BP played decisive and significant parts in each. Reading the Nazi mail allowed the Allies to play them like a fiddle! By way of attrition then at Normandy siege warfare the Allies were able to overcome the Nazi advantage in short time, all through Ultra.
Although I have read a great deal about the Enigma machine and still do not totally comprehend its working, the chapter on Colossus, the first computer, developed at BP provides more understanding. This book does provide the importance of Station X and the individuals who interacted there. It appears from this account the UK Nerds won WW II.
If I was alive during the war, this is THE place I'd want to work.