The 11th day of the 11th month and the 11th hour. That was the date and time to the end of WWI, the war to end all wars, but it didn’t. To honor that date I spent the day at Bletchley Park, outside of London. For many decades we did not know what went on at Blectchley Park due to the Secrets Act…”loose lips, sink ships”. I can think of a few people who should try living by this motto to keep our country safe.
For those of you who never heard of Bletchley until the movie ‘Imitation Game’ was released I want you to know there is more to the story than Alan Turing. He may now be the most famous person who worked there due to his building the code breaking machine, but he did have help.
At the height of operations there were about 9,000 people working at the Park helping to defeat the Germans by breaking codes or supporting those people. Every job was important.
It’s an interesting place. You can tour many of the huts, the main house, and see a working Bombe. I’d go into more detail, but there are volumes written on the subject. I shall end here and leave it up to you and your desire to learn more.