The other side of the Enigma story is told in the brand new episode of the Bletchley Park Podcast, which features an exclusive interview with a German Enigma operator.
It tells the story of pioneering technology, the fiendish challenge of understanding it and the importance of keeping it a secret - all from the German perspective.
Irmgard Enge later Copley, explains how she was part of a secret operation to make sure the Allies did not find out how badly German aeroplanes and munitions factories were being damaged by bombs. She also recalls friendly - and less friendly - French people living near the air base where she was posted.
Once the war had ended, Irmgard reluctantly agreed to go to a dance with her friend. She hadn’t wanted to go because there would be British soldiers there and she didn’t want to dance with the enemy. But her friend persuaded her and there she met her husband, an English soldier.
This month’s episode also features a man who grew up just beyond the boundary fence of Bletchley Park during World War Two.
He joined a long queue in the rain to have treasures valued for the BBC antiques show, Flog It. The show’s host, Paul Martin, reveals which items he tries to persuade people to keep, going somewhat against the programme’s underlying principle...
The podcast can be accessed here: https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/podcast/938461/Enigma_from_the_other_side.html