Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park Bletchley Park, once Britain's best kept secret, is now a vibrant heritage attraction and museum. Open daily.
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Come and get lost at Bletchley Park 🌳With so much to explore and plenty of outdoor space, it’s the perfect place to spen...
29/07/2020

Come and get lost at Bletchley Park 🌳

With so much to explore and plenty of outdoor space, it’s the perfect place to spend a sunny day ☀️

Pre-book your visit now ➡️ bletchleypark.org.uk/tickets

Tune into BBC Look East tonight for a special report on visitor attractions featuring our very own CEO, Iain Standen! 📽️
27/07/2020

Tune into BBC Look East tonight for a special report on visitor attractions featuring our very own CEO, Iain Standen! 📽️

What happens when everything is connected?Don’t miss Never Alone in Hut 12!Based on an exhibition created by the Nationa...
27/07/2020

What happens when everything is connected?

Don’t miss Never Alone in Hut 12!

Based on an exhibition created by the National Science and Media Museum, Never Alone explores what happens when you click 'OK.'

Find out about smart devices and discover stories from Bletchley Park’s own history that prove concerns about privacy and surveillance are not unique to the internet age. Never Alone shows how being connected is changing the world — and what it means for you ➡️ http://ow.ly/fFaZ50AF5Hm

#BPNeverAlone

On Friday we welcomed Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South to Bletchley Park ⬇️Our CEO, Iain Standen gave him a tour...
27/07/2020

On Friday we welcomed Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South to Bletchley Park ⬇️

Our CEO, Iain Standen gave him a tour of our new measures designed to help keep our visitors and team safe.

Don't forget that local residents can enjoy 50% off admission prices 🎟

Book now ➡️ https://bletchleypark.org.uk/tickets#/

ON THIS DAY 1939 🗓Polish, French and British cryptanalysts met in Pyry, Poland 🇵🇱The Polish Codebreakers, Jerzy Rozycki,...
26/07/2020
Podcast 103 - Enigma Unlocked

ON THIS DAY 1939 🗓

Polish, French and British cryptanalysts met in Pyry, Poland 🇵🇱

The Polish Codebreakers, Jerzy Rozycki, Henryk Zygalski, and Marian Rejewski, shared details of their work in breaking Enigma with Alastair Denniston and Dilly Knox who attended on behalf of GC&CS (now GCHQ) ⚙️

To find out more about breaking Enigma, don't miss our exhibition in Hut 11A, 'The Bombe Breakthrough' ➡️ http://ow.ly/Ltkv50AF3WU

Listen 🎧 to this special Enigma 80 podcast episode to learn more about the international collaboration that led to the first wartime breaks in German Enigma ⬇️

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/news/podcast-103-enigma-unlocked

Podcast 103 from Bletchley Park

CALLING ALL PUZZLE LOVERS 🧩Our summer family trail is ready for you! Can you locate the puzzle pieces hidden around the ...
24/07/2020

CALLING ALL PUZZLE LOVERS 🧩

Our summer family trail is ready for you! Can you locate the puzzle pieces hidden around the grounds of Bletchley Park and piece them together to reveal the full picture?

Head to our website to download your sheet before your visit and find out more ⬇️

http://ow.ly/hi8u50AH2qu

Every month, our Collections team uncovers some exciting objects from our collection - You're welcome!This month, we're ...
24/07/2020
Collections Uncovered 30

Every month, our Collections team uncovers some exciting objects from our collection - You're welcome!

This month, we're showing off these fascinating Index Cards which were compiled by the Japanese Military Intelligence Section in Block F. They contain records of senior Japanese and German personnel.

Discover more ⬇️

http://ow.ly/2Hql50AGTRx

In the latest Collections Uncovered from Bletchley Park, you can find out more about some index cards from Japanese diplomatic messages compiled by the Japanese Military Intelligence Section in Block F.

This incredibly rare Enigma machine was found in a farmyard on the Polish-Czech border 🚜Watch this video to find out why...
23/07/2020

This incredibly rare Enigma machine was found in a farmyard on the Polish-Czech border 🚜

Watch this video to find out why it is such a special object ⬇️

http://ow.ly/RSxf50AF2IZ

You can see this Enigma G-110 for yourself in Block C. Pre-book your visit to Bletchley Park now ➡️
https://bletchleypark.org.uk/tickets

In line with Government guidance, from Friday 24 July we ask that all visitors wear a face covering in our shop in Block...
23/07/2020

In line with Government guidance, from Friday 24 July we ask that all visitors wear a face covering in our shop in Block C 😷

Disposable face masks will be available by the shop entrance (as modelled here by one of our Griffins!) if you don't have your own.

Find the latest visitor information and FAQs on our website ⬇️

http://ow.ly/f3az50AG0R4

ON THIS DAY, 23 JULY 1884 🗓Alfred Dillwyn ‘Dilly’ Knox was born.He was Bletchley Park's Chief Cryptographer, leading the...
23/07/2020
Special Podcast: Intelligence Insight 004

ON THIS DAY, 23 JULY 1884 🗓

Alfred Dillwyn ‘Dilly’ Knox was born.

He was Bletchley Park's Chief Cryptographer, leading the team responsible for the first British wartime break into Enigma. Knox was a World War One Codebreaker and had been part of the team who broke the famous Zimmerman Telegram.

Listen to this special podcast episode which features Dilly Knox's grandchildren, who speak about their grandfather's legacy ⬇️

http://ow.ly/h7Oa50AF1eN

Listen to extra insights from the Bletchley Park podcast. This episode features the grandchildren of Dilly Knox.

Bletchley Park is Good to Go! ✅“We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark from Visit England to signal that we have work...
22/07/2020

Bletchley Park is Good to Go! ✅

“We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark from Visit England to signal that we have worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines.

Find out how we are making your visit safe ➡️ http://ow.ly/EkOk50AsTaU

Don't miss the latest episode of our podcast featuring a Q&A with Bletchley Park Veteran, Pat Davies, who was an Interce...
22/07/2020
Intelligence Insight 012

Don't miss the latest episode of our podcast featuring a Q&A with Bletchley Park Veteran, Pat Davies, who was an Intercept Operator in the Coastal Y Service 🎧

What questions would you ask a Bletchley Park Veteran?

Listen now ⬇️

http://ow.ly/1Wir50AEZVJ

The Y Service was the organisation responsible for intercepting enemy wireless and radio communications with Y Stations based around the world. In this podcast episode, find out more about the coastal Y Service.

‪Good morning! ☀️‬‪Nothing but blue skies at Bletchley Park today! 😎‬
20/07/2020

‪Good morning! ☀️‬

‪Nothing but blue skies at Bletchley Park today! 😎‬

JULY 1939 🗓With the threat of war looming, heads of sections at the Government Code & Cypher School (GC&CS) were informe...
19/07/2020

JULY 1939 🗓

With the threat of war looming, heads of sections at the Government Code & Cypher School (GC&CS) were informed that Bletchley Park was to be occupied again, ‘in order to carry out a test mobilisation and to test war communications.'

Detailed orders later followed in August.

Make sure you visit the Library in The Mansion where much of the early Codebreaking at Bletchley Park took place! 📚

Pre-book your visit now ➡️ http://ow.ly/3Tj650AB2Px

Have you heard? Bletchley Park is open! Here's how we are ensuring your visit is safe and enjoyable.🕘 Pre-booked timed e...
19/07/2020

Have you heard? Bletchley Park is open! Here's how we are ensuring your visit is safe and enjoyable.

🕘 Pre-booked timed entry slots
↩️ One-way systems
💦 Hand sanitiser stations
🥪 'Grab & go' food and drink

Our team will also be sporting some new accessories 👀

Thank you to everyone who has visited in our reopening week - we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Pre-book your visit now ➡️ http://ow.ly/4eps50AuUCn

Bletchley Park is an independent charity that receives no regular government funding. We are delighted to be open to the...
18/07/2020

Bletchley Park is an independent charity that receives no regular government funding. We are delighted to be open to the public once again but, as 95% of our income relies on visitors coming through our doors, our closure has had a huge impact on our plans for the future.

Here's how you can support us ⬇️

💸 Make an individual donation
⚙️ Support us through your company
🧱 Sponsor a brick
♥️ Become a friend

Thank you for your support.

Find out more ➡️ https://bletchleypark.org.uk/support-us

18/07/2020
Codebreakers | Recruitment - Real life stories from the Veterans of Bletchley Park

"We were told to sign the Official Secrets Act, then taken off to Hut 11."

During World War Two, Bletchley Park used various recruitment techniques. In this video, Bletchley Park Veterans Anne Chetwynd-Stapylton, Pauline Lee, Christine Brose, Pat Davies and Charlotte 'Betty' Webb, talk about their experiences of being recruited at Bletchley Park.

Pre-book your visit to Bletchley Park and discover the extraordinary stories of the Codebreakers ➡️ http://ow.ly/5Ngm50AtZ8m

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fMxfyhMb-Y

During World War Two, Bletchley Park used various recruitment techniques. We asked some of our Veterans about their experiences and journey to Bletchley Park...

Why go to the beach when you can go to Bletchley Park? 😎It's set to be another scorcher this weekend and we've got the d...
17/07/2020

Why go to the beach when you can go to Bletchley Park? 😎

It's set to be another scorcher this weekend and we've got the deck chairs, the ice cream and the beautiful grounds!🍦

Pre-book your visit now ➡️ http://ow.ly/5Ngm50AtZ8m

Did you know that we offer 50% off annual season passes for local residents? Well, now you do!
17/07/2020
MKFM 106.3 FM

Did you know that we offer 50% off annual season passes for local residents? Well, now you do!

LOCAL NEWS - Residents who live within a 10-mile radius of Bletchley Park will get 50% off of their admission ticket, which also doubles up as an annual season pass.

NEW PODCAST EPISODE 🎧The Y Service was the organisation responsible for intercepting enemy wireless and radio communicat...
17/07/2020
Intelligence Insight 012

NEW PODCAST EPISODE 🎧

The Y Service was the organisation responsible for intercepting enemy wireless and radio communications with Y Stations based around the world.

We take you back to one of our Friends' talks from Research Historian, Dr David Kenyon, where we find out more about the Coastal Y Service. His talk features a Q&A with Veteran Pat Davies, who was an Intercept Operator for the Women's Royal Navy Service from 1942 - 1945.

Listen now ⬇️

http://ow.ly/GBMJ50AAMT8

The Y Service was the organisation responsible for intercepting enemy wireless and radio communications with Y Stations based around the world. In this podcast episode, find out more about the coastal Y Service.

Are you an English Heritage member? 🏰You can get 20% off an Annual Season Pass to Bletchley Park which means you can vis...
16/07/2020

Are you an English Heritage member? 🏰

You can get 20% off an Annual Season Pass to Bletchley Park which means you can visit as many times as you like in the next 12 months! 🤫

Pre-book your visit now ➡️ http://ow.ly/5Ngm50AtZ8m

JULY 1940 🗓Gordon Welchman designed a ‘diagonal board’ for the Bombe. This addition to the Turing Bombe solved the probl...
16/07/2020

JULY 1940 🗓

Gordon Welchman designed a ‘diagonal board’ for the Bombe. This addition to the Turing Bombe solved the problem of too many stops ✅

This also allowed the Codebreakers to split long cribs into short segments to reduce the risk of middle-rotor turnover happening partway through the crib sequence ⚙️ (A crib was plain text messages corresponding to part of the intercepted message)

You can find out more about the diagonal board and the story of the Bombe in our Hut 11A exhibition, 'The Bombe Breakthrough' ➡️ http://ow.ly/N00l50AuHHY

We would also recommend the accompanying guidebook, written by Sir Dermot Turing and researched by Dr. David Kenyon which shares even more insights into the story of the Bombe machine. This is available to purchase from our shop.

Pre-book your visit to Bletchley Park ➡️ http://ow.ly/5Ngm50AtZ8m

🚨 Calling all Teachers! 🚨We know you're heading towards a very well-earned break, but if you'd like to keep informed abo...
15/07/2020

🚨 Calling all Teachers! 🚨

We know you're heading towards a very well-earned break, but if you'd like to keep informed about Learning opportunities available at Bletchley Park from September, please fill in this form before you go ⬇️

http://ow.ly/78Ny50AyIJe

Today marks exactly one month until #VJDay75, the day World War Two came to an end.Bletchley Park is perhaps most famous...
15/07/2020

Today marks exactly one month until #VJDay75, the day World War Two came to an end.

Bletchley Park is perhaps most famous for breaking Enigma, but the Government Code & Cypher School, working closely with the US, gathered vital intelligence from Japanese codes too.

Planning a visit? Look out for displays on Japanese codebreaking in Block B and Block C 🇯🇵

Want to learn more? ⬇️

Short read: http://ow.ly/vmad50AyHd9

Long read: ‘The Emperor’s Codes’ by Mick Smith http://ow.ly/LkgO50AyHdb

#VJDay75 #BletchleyParkVJDay75

ON THIS DAY 15 JULY 1908 🗓Henryk Zygalski was born. He invented the perforated sheets, later called 'Zygalski sheets' wh...
15/07/2020

ON THIS DAY 15 JULY 1908 🗓

Henryk Zygalski was born. He invented the perforated sheets, later called 'Zygalski sheets' which helped to break the first wartime German Enigma messages ⚙️

Listen 🎧 to this special #Enigma80 anniversary podcast to find out more about the international collaboration that led to the breaking of Enigma ⬇️

https://bletchleypark.org.uk/news/podcast-103-enigma-unlocked

15/07/2020
Bletchley Park | Secret Favourites - Bill Tutte Bust

Have you visited our Bill Tutte exhibition? 🔎

'Bill Tutte: Mathematician + Codebreaker' opened in 2017 to celebrate the centenary of Bill Tutte's birth. It provides a remarkable insight into the life and work of this elite codebreaker.

In this video, Erica Munro, Exhibitions Manager at Bletchley Park, explains why the Bill Tutte bust that features in the exhibition is one of her favourite objects ⬇️

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KZuToU1QLk

You can find this exhibition in the Bletchley Park Mansion. Pre-book your visit now ➡️ http://ow.ly/5Ngm50AtZ8m

Bletchley Park's Exhibitions Manager, Erica Munro, tells us more about the Bill Tutte bust which features in the Bill Tutte: Mathematician + Codebreaker exhi...

We didn't quite get the chance to introduce our new caterers, Benugo, who joined Bletchley Park in February 🍽They are se...
14/07/2020

We didn't quite get the chance to introduce our new caterers, Benugo, who joined Bletchley Park in February 🍽

They are serving a delicious range of grab n' go sandwiches, salads, cakes and ice cream from the Hut 4 Café which you can enjoy surrounded by our beautiful grounds 😍

We also have a temporary coffee stand selling hot drinks and snacks by Block B ☕️

Don't forget to pre-book your visit ➡️ http://ow.ly/5Ngm50AtZ8m

ON THIS DAY, 14 JULY 1945 🗓Stuart Milner-Barry left Bletchley Park to join the Treasury. He later became Permanent Secre...
14/07/2020

ON THIS DAY, 14 JULY 1945 🗓

Stuart Milner-Barry left Bletchley Park to join the Treasury. He later became Permanent Secretary. Major JC Manisty took over his role as Head of Hut 6, which was still operating after VE Day.

The work of Milner-Barry and his team lay at the heart of the triumph over the German Luftwaffe and Army Enigma
codes, however he had already achieved fame before he came to Bletchley Park as a champion international chess player! ♟

Can you name any other Codebreakers who loved a game of chess?

Find out more about Stuart Milner-Barry on our Roll of Honour ➡️ http://ow.ly/MvXK50AuGkv

Pre-book your visit to Bletchley Park to explore Hut 6 for yourself ➡️ https://bletchleypark.org.uk/tickets

13/07/2020
Bletchley Park

Are you planning a visit to Bletchley Park?⚙️

Don't forget to:

✅ Pre-book your time slot: http://ow.ly/5Ngm50AtZ8m
✅ Read our visitor information: http://ow.ly/tsB450AuVlF
✅ Watch this video so you know what to expect ⬇️

See you soon! 👋

https://www.facebook.com/Bletchleypark1/videos/951651831924420/

Bletchley Park is now open! 🎉

Don't forget, you must pre-book your visit with us ➡️ http://ow.ly/ZxK150AqjPw

In this video, we share some of the measures we've put in place to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable 🎬

More information and FAQs: http://ow.ly/OjP650AqjUj

We need your help.As an independent charity, we are proud to tell the story of Bletchley Park, the epicentre of World Wa...
13/07/2020

We need your help.

As an independent charity, we are proud to tell the story of Bletchley Park, the epicentre of World War Two codebreaking and the British wartime intelligence hub.

We rely on visitors for over 95% of our income. This vital funding goes towards the care of over 450,000 items in our collection, the ongoing restoration of this once secret site and careful maintenance of our Grade II historic buildings. It also ensures that we can bring subjects like maths, engineering and history to life to over 33,000 school children every year through our Learning Programme.

Although we can now welcome visitors through our doors, we won’t be able to operate at full capacity for some time, so a full recovery is a long way off. We welcome government support for the arts, culture and heritage sector, but this doesn’t guarantee survival.

Bletchley Park urgently needs your support.

By booking a visit, becoming a Friend of Bletchley Park, sponsoring a brick on our Codebreakers' Wall, or making an individual donation, you can help us to ensure that Bletchley Park continues to inspire generations to come.

Thank you.

🔎 Pre-book a visit: http://ow.ly/WJjm50AuEH0
❤️ Become a Friend: http://ow.ly/ueZa50AuEzX
🧱 Sponsor a brick: http://ow.ly/K3Ug50AuEyz
💰 Make a donation: http://ow.ly/bUsm50AuEFB

11/07/2020
The Enigma Machine - Bletchley Park takes a closer look at how it works

Have you ever wondered how an Enigma machine works? ⚙️

Our outreach Learning Officer, Andrew Fryer and Exhibitions Manager, Erica Munro take a closer look at this fascinating machine and how it was used to encrypt messages 🤫

Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more exciting behind the scenes content from Bletchley Park 🎬

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ux03qPgYVY

Pre-book your visit to Bletchley Park to discover the Home of the Codebreakers and find out more about how Enigma messages were broken ➡️ http://ow.ly/vpJx50AtZ8l

Bletchley Park's Outreach Learning Officer Andrew Fryer and Exhibitions Manager Erica Munro take a closer look at an Enigma machine and how it works. 0:52 - ...

The sun is looking set to shine this weekend, so why not come and explore our exciting exhibitions and enjoy a picnic in...
10/07/2020

The sun is looking set to shine this weekend, so why not come and explore our exciting exhibitions and enjoy a picnic in our beautiful grounds? ☀️

Deck chairs are provided! 😎

Don't forget to pre-book your time slot ➡️ http://ow.ly/5Ngm50AtZ8m

NEW Collections Uncovered! 🔎Surveillance of enemy communications provided essential material for the Codebreakers and cr...
10/07/2020

NEW Collections Uncovered! 🔎

Surveillance of enemy communications provided essential material for the Codebreakers and crucial intelligence for the Allies. Once messages had been decrypted and translated at Bletchley Park, the information they contained was meticulously recorded onto index cards 🗂

You can take a closer look at some fascinating cards in our collection, from an index of Japanese diplomatic messages compiled by the Japanese Military Intelligence Section in Block F. They contain lots of information - including personal details! 🕵🏼‍♂️

Discover more ➡️ http://ow.ly/8efM50AsUT8

You can see these index cards for yourself in the Never Alone exhibition in Hut 12, which is based on an exhibition created by the National Science and Media Museum ➡️ http://ow.ly/oNvr50AsUT5

Bletchley Park is the ultimate doorstep discovery! 🔍Visit the Home of the Codebreakers and learn about their incredible ...
09/07/2020

Bletchley Park is the ultimate doorstep discovery! 🔍

Visit the Home of the Codebreakers and learn about their incredible stories. Don't forget that local residents get 50% off Annual Season passes* 🎟

Pre-book your visit now ➡️ http://ow.ly/qlG450AsHUN

*Local residents offer terms: https://bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/4330

Address

The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Drive
Bletchley
MK3 6EB

By Rail Fast efficient service to Bletchley Railway Station from: London Euston, Milton Keynes Central (for InterCity connections), Coventry and Birmingham New Street. Bedford Midland (except Sunday) for connections to London Thames Link, East Midlands and South Yorkshire. The Park is a short walk from Bletchley Station. By Bus There are buses and coaches from all parts of Milton Keynes and beyond, arriving at Bletchley Bus Station. On leaving the Bus Station head towards the Railway Station and take the footpath to Bletchley Park, opposite the station entrance.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday 09:00 - 18:00

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Bletchley Park is a vibrant heritage attraction and museum, open daily to visitors.

It was the home of British World War Two codebreaking; a place where technological innovation and human endeavour came together to make groundbreaking achievements that have helped shape the world we live in today.

This unique site was previously a vast Victorian estate, where parts including the Mansion still survive, expanding during wartime to accommodate Codebreakers Huts and Blocks. During World War Two, the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), now known as the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), was based at Bletchley Park.

It grew from a small team of specialists to a vast intelligence factory of thousands of dedicated women and men. This extraordinary combination of brilliant and determined people and cutting-edge technology contributed significantly to Allied victory. In tough conditions, they provided vital intelligence and developed pioneering technological innovation that had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the war.

The site continues to reveal secrets and tell fascinating stories of our national legacy.

Pre-book your visit to Bletchley Park on our website.

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Morning alll. Are you likely to be holding the Bletchley Park Autumn Vintage event please? I know it might be far too early to say with certainty but I missed last time around and this event, the forties one is on my list of places / military events to visit. Thanks
Hi there! Found this page about Jose Bozzano, a Paraguayan officer who was also an inventor who helped win the Chaco War. At some point on the article says he reversed engineered cipher machines from a "European country". Was the cipher machine possibly used to win the conflict?. From the wiki: José Alfredo Bozzano Baglietto (Asunción, Paraguay, December 7, 1895 – December 14, 1969) was a military engineer and senior officer of the Paraguayan Navy who designed the gunboats Paraguay and Humaitá that were used during the Chaco War in the key role of armed transport ships. In the course of the war, he was the manager of the factories which produced weapons, ammunition, trucks and other equipment for the Paraguayan army. Bozzano was educated at the Colegio Nacional at Asunción, studying the career of lawyer until the third year. He joined the Paraguayan Navy as midshipman on September 21, 1917. Since April 1918 he served in the state-owned national dockyards. In May 1920, the government of José P. Montero (1919–1920) sent him to the United States for further studies of Naval Engineering. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1924, Bozzano graduated as a naval architect and engineer. He went on to graduate school and in 1925 received a master's degree in Aviation Engineering. Bozzano returned to Paraguay during the constitutional government of Eligio Ayala (1924–1928). On March 9, 1925, he was appointed director of the national dockyards, by decree nº 20297. In March 1927, president Ayala commissioned him to Europe for ordering the construction of two gunboats for the Navy that would protect the Paraguay River in the imminent war with Bolivia. Bozzano departed with the plans that he himself had traced. After contacts with shipyards in England and Germany, the gunboats were eventually ordered from the Italian Odero Terni Orlando shipyard in Genoa. The two vessels, Paraguay and Humaitá, arrived in Paraguay on May 5, 1931. On December 28 of that year, Bozzano returned to the direction of the national dockyards. The dockyards produced more than 300,000 hand grenades, the famous carumbe `i (Guaraní for "little turtle"), which, for the pride of Paraguayans in the war, proved more effective than the Belgian designed SIP grenades, used by the Bolivian army) and built and assembled the coachworks of 2,308 trucks (at a rate of five per hour). The dockyards also produced 25,000 mortar grenades and 7,500 aerial bombs. Another of his feats was the making of mortar tubes with 23 columns from old trams. At the same time, 4,300 iron bars and wooden tables were made for stretchers, stoves, autoclaves and even trepans for cranial surgery. Bozzano's factories also built equipment for the vital water well drilling in the Chaco. Another milestone in the dockyard's war effort was the reverse engineering of 15 cipher machines from a model bought in an undisclosed "European country". There were 4,400 truck drivers from the Paraguayan navy in the Chaco under the command of Captain Bozzano. He was appointed acting director of the military aviation on March 7, 1933 replacing Argentine World War I veteran pilot Vicente Almandos Almonacid. He left a brief but very valuable book of memories, Reminiscences, which recalls the history of the dockyards in the war. It started as an essay made at the request of Justo Pastor Benítez, who thought to include it in one of his historical works, but ended up being a book by its own value. Bozzano was a Paraguayan officer heavily trained in science and technology. The design of Paraguay and Humaitá caused admiration in Britain. From 1932 to 1935 he commanded a force of 6,000 workers who forged the iron that was decisive for the outcome of the war. When the conflict was over, Bozzano was awarded the Cruz del Chaco ("Chaco Cross"). He continued to serve to his country in different positions. During the government of Félix Paiva (1937–1939), Bozzano was appointed Minister of War and Navy on April 12, 1938 and then Minister of Economy on October 14, 1938. He also served as mayor of Asunción and a teacher at the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (Engineering) in the National University of Asunción. The government decree that awarded him the Cruz del Chaco described captain José Bozzano as "one of the most authentic craftsmen of victory".
I hope I'm not too late in posting bunting as I'm hoping to post on Monday, having been slightly diverted with scrub sewing.
Seventy-odd years ago Bletchley Park and associated locations and facilities hosted international personnel from dozens of intelligence services and agencies. One facility at least provided two week training courses to special operations agents that can never (?) be named. I wish to see if a handful of people I know about attended one of those courses before being sent into enemy territory. These men were American citizens. Some anecdotal evidence has been published in several memoirs since 1965. One lone agent was privy to Collossus, Eniwetok/Bikini Atoll, Oak Ridge, Los Alamogordos facilities, the amphibious landings on D-Day as well as Atlantic Convoy protection and the relief of the Philipines. He was behind enemy lines in Normandy dressed as a German Officer three days before D-Day collecting intelligence. David Niven was also with his section for 13 days before the Allied landings on a SOE reconnaissance mission before he entered Paris. It would be nice to locate any documentary evidence of this that would have been under lock and key for 70 years. Truth is stranger than fiction. It would also be good to let the public know more about Colonel Buckmaster, Ian McBain, Sullivan, Thompson and Robert Heinlein's contribution to the war effort as undercover officers.
Loving my Codebreaker top. Brilliant .
May I direct your attention to your "sibling" institute, the Polish Enigma Centrum, which has opened a quite nice exhibitoion, and made it now available online in a chilling, all-multimedia, all-three languages production. I warmly recommend it to you, to have some more intricate details shown of the history of the early Enigma breaks between 1929-1939 in Poland. https://enigmacentrum.pl/online/ The exhibiton main title in Polish is like "Slahsers of Enigma", but the opening site already lets you to choose a language. Hopefully it wasn't much redundant information. Be your efforts blessed for keeping up the memory of those silent achievements that spared years and tens of thousands of lives during WWII.
Dear staff, Just to inform you about the biography written in Italy by Nicoletta Maggi, whose title is L’Angelo di Churchill (Churchill’s Angel) on a British woman, Hazel Juvenal-Smith, code name Jicky who operated in Paris during WW2 as a spy. Caught by the Gestapo she saved her life. After the war she lived many years in Italy. In the book, Bletchley Park activities appear many times. Best Wishes!
This was across the street from my old university (American U,) in D.C. They had a direct link to Bletchley.
Hi Bletchley Park, Just wanted to let you know that there have been reports of trespassers in the disused part of your site. Would hate for any damage to be done to such a amazing place to visit.
I have no identities or dates for this photograph but it occurs to me that it could be an Allied group at Bletchley. Are you able to identify the group, individuals or location? Two certainly appear to be US Forces, most British Army and no RAF or Royal Navy that I can see. On the rear is repeated A#M Crown Copyright reserved indicating it was printed on prepared Air Ministry photographic paper.