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The Debs of Bletchley Park

January 27, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
The Debs of Bletchley Park by Michael Smith

The Debs of Bletchley Park by Michael Smith Picture Shaun Armstrong /Mubsta.com


Buy  The Book Here      The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories –  

If you are looking for a riveting, un-put-downable read to curl up with on a Siberian January  night – look no further than Michael Smith’s marvellous book –  The Debs of Bletchley Park.  This book reveals the glam, highly intelligent debutante-codebreakers in all their lipstick, seamed stockings and stiff upper lip magnificence….

The women who helped to win the Second World War with their code breaking prowess, chutzpah and extraordinary sense of duty before love and personal happiness. They are the real life versions of Keira Knightley’s character Joan Clark  in the Imitation Game, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.

The Duchess of Cambridge

One of them, Lady Marion Body worked alongside the Duchess of Cambridge’s grandmother and great aunt, and recently spent some time with the Duchess, explaining what her fearless female relatives got up to to help the war effort!

From the former ballerina who helped to break the Enigma Code  – to the deb working for the Admiralty, with a hotline to Churchill – to the German literature student whose code breaking skills saved many lives on D-Day – the story of their experiences, kept secret for decades is now revealed for the first time.

Incredible Women

At the peak of Bletchley’s success, a total of twelve thousand people worked there of whom more than eight thousand were women. All these women were essential cogs in a very large machine, yet their stories have been kept secret. The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories tells their stories: 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’. They are an incredible set of women, and this is their inspiring story.

The Debs of Bletchley Park By Michael Smith Aurum Press  £ 20.00


More About Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park is the Home of the Codebreakers – where during World War Two top secret codebreaking work was carried out on behalf of the Allies. It is said that the work carried out at Bletchley Park helped shorten the war by as much as two years.

Preserving Bletchley Park for the Nation

The Bletchley Park Trust was formed in 1992 to save the historic site from being lost to development. Bletchley Park has since opened to the public as a heritage site and museum. The present mission of the Trust is to preserve and develop Bletchley Park as a world-class museum, heritage site and education centre in order to enhance the understanding of the critical contribution of codebreaking and intelligence in World War II, the birth of computing and electronic security, and how these unique achievements remain relevant today.
Bletchley Park is open daily except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Details of the exhibitions, operating hours and events at Bletchley Park are available at www.bletchleypark.org.uk , together with details of admissions charges.
Bletchley Park Trust has initiated a major project to preserve the historic buildings on the site, to develop a world-class museum on codebreaking and the development of computers. Further investment is needed to bring these plans to fruition.
Contact: Katherine Lynch, Media Manager, 01908 272661, 07903 138806, klynch@bletchleypark.org.uk


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