The secret life of Bletchley Park

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LIFE at Bletchley Park during World War Two has been recounted in a new book.

The book – The WWII Codebreaking Centre and the Men and Women Who Worked There – tells the story of what it was really like for men and women who worked there.

It also documents the accounts of what people did, why it mattered and how it felt for the people at the time.

Her Majesty the Queen visited the famous landmark on Friday to unveil a statue in commemoration of the work that people had done at Bletchley Park.

For years the veterans of Bletchley Park, who worked with the famous Enigma machine, refused to talk about their involvement in the war, bound by the Official Secrets Act.

Only in recent years have the last remaining veterans felt liberated to tell their remarkable and personal stories and it was only in 2009 that they belatedly received official recognition for their war service with commemorative medals from the government.

Stories in the book include people arriving at a gloomy Bletchley railway station in the dead of night, skating on the frozen lake in the grounds of Bletchley Park and of course the eccentric geniuses Alan Turing and Dilly Knox and their ability to solve astonishingly intellectual problems to crack the German codes.

It also tells of how young men and women, working in adjacent huts, did not know what the other was up to, as was the level of secrecy built up by all those involved in the important work – even when they became husband and wife 20 years later.

The book is written by Sinclair McKay, who has written books about James Bond, and will be available to buy on August 18 for just £8.99.