The untold story of Bletchley Park's key role in the success of the Normandy campaign

Since the secret of Bletchley Park was revealed in the 1970s, the work of its codebreakers has become one of the most famous stories of the Second World War. But cracking the Nazis' codes was only the start of the process. Thousands of secret intelligence workers were then involved in making crucial information available to the Allied leaders and commanders who desperately needed it.

Using previously classified documents, David Kenyon casts the work of Bletchley Park in a new light, as not just a codebreaking establishment, but as a fully developed intelligence agency. He shows how preparations for the war's turning point-the Normandy Landings in 1944-had started at Bletchley years earlier, in 1942, with the careful collation of information extracted from enemy signals traffic. This account reveals the true character of Bletchley's vital contribution to success in Normandy, and ultimately, Allied victory.

Bletchley Park and D-Day - David Kenyon

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Title
Bletchley Park and D-Day - the untold story of how the battle for Normandy was won
Author
David Kenyon
format
Hardback
Publisher
Yale University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20190510

The untold story of Bletchley Park's key role in the success of the Normandy campaign

Since the secret of Bletchley Park was revealed in the 1970s, the work of its codebreakers has become one of the most famous stories of the Second World War. But cracking the Nazis' codes was only the start of the process. Thousands of secret intelligence workers were then involved in making crucial information available to the Allied leaders and commanders who desperately needed it.

Using previously classified documents, David Kenyon casts the work of Bletchley Park in a new light, as not just a codebreaking establishment, but as a fully developed intelligence agency. He shows how preparations for the war's turning point-the Normandy Landings in 1944-had started at Bletchley years earlier, in 1942, with the careful collation of information extracted from enemy signals traffic. This account reveals the true character of Bletchley's vital contribution to success in Normandy, and ultimately, Allied victory.

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David Kenyon is the Research Historian at Bletchley Park.

"Using previously classified documents, this book casts the work of Bletchley Park in anew light"-Military History

"Pleasingly, David Kenyon's Bletchley Park and D-Day shines out and makes for very interesting in-depth reading, as it givesan illuminating examination of the intelligence operations that helped to secure the Allied victory at Normandy"- Melody Foreman, Britain at War

"[A] very readable, yet scholarly book…It can be recommended to both newcomers to SIGINT and to those who have already read extensively on the subject of Bletchley Park."-David Harris, Radio User [Magazine]

"[M]akes an important contribution to the historiography of World War II intelligence history in general and, more specifically, of Bletchley Park and to a broader understanding of the Bletchley players, who...have not received the attention that others who played a role in the successful Normandy invasion have."-Mary Kathryn Barbier, Cercles

"David Kenyon and Bletchley Park is the dream ticket. A wonderful scholar and communicator writing about one of the world's most fascinating historical sites." - Dan Snow, historian, documentary filmmaker and television presenter

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
World War, 1939-1945 - Cryptography.|World War, 1939-1945 - Electronic intelligence - Great Britain.|World War, 1939-1945 - Secret service - Great Britain.|Operation Overlord.|World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - France - Normandy.|Bletchley Park (Milton Keynes, England) - History.
Country of Publication
Connecticut
Number of Pages
xxx, 295 , 12 unnumbered of plates

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