11-11-11

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.

  
I arrived at Bletchley just minutes before the ‘moments of silence’ at 11:00, followed by a short program and poem presented before a small crowd in front of the mansion.

  
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.

 

Alan Turing’s hut 8

 
 

Turing’s mug still chained to the radiator

 
 

Turing’s office

 
 

maybe just a bit OCD

 
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. 

 

code breaking machine

 
  
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.

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About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me.
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2 Responses to 11-11-11

  1. Hope to visit Bletchley myself one day, thanks for the photos Gretchen.

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