Cracking The Enigma Code In Bletchley

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Cracking the Enigma Code is something that changed the course of the Second World War, shortening it by something like four years. Indeed, war historians believe that had the Enigma Code not been cracked, the outcome of the war would have been far from certain. After the war was won, the war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill said that the MI6 staff at Bletchley Park, now part of Milton Keynes, were "My geese that laid the golden eggs and never cackled".

This amazing feat of counter espionage was the result of the team of British, and later American Government code-crackers who beavered away at all hours of the night and day at Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, to try to unravel the coded messages that were being sent out by the enemy to their operational divisions across Germany and the other parts of the world that they were seeking to occupy by force. Such regions included the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Russia and Africa.

The intelligence that the Bletchley Park code crackers produced were technically known as “decrypts” and code named “Ultra”. Ultra prevented Rommel from reaching Cairo in this quest to capture Africa. Ultra also ensured that before the D-Day landings that took place in 1944, the Allied intelligence operations were aware of the precise locations of fifty six of the fifty eight German divisions on the Western front.

Bletchley Park became part of Milton Keynes in 1967. A large town in Buckinghamshire, in the south east of England, Milton Keynes has a population of around 184,500 people. Some forty nine miles north west of London, its thirty four square miles incorporate the nearby towns of Stony Stratford, Wolverton and Bletchley, along with more than a dozen villages.

The code-cracking establishment at Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, was formally known as the Government Code and Cypher School during World War Two. Part of the equipment there was a machine called Colossus, which is believed to have been the first programmable computer in the world.

While the high level intelligence that emanated from Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes was vital to the Allied war initiatives, it is interesting to note that the site of Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes was owned by the head of MI6 during the war and long after, and not by the Government. This interesting piece of information came to light in the year 1991 when the government attempted to sell Bletchley Park for redevelopment, until the conveyancing process revealed that the Government did not actually own the site at all.

Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes came to be owned by Admiral Sir Hugh Sinclair, who was the head of MI6, founder of the Government Code and Cypher School, and Director of Naval Intelligence, because the site was bought by a builder in the year 1938. The builder had plans to knock down the mansion building and create a housing estate there. Sir Hugh tried to persuade various government departments to purchase the site, but was unable to do so. He therefore paid seven and a half thousand pounds of his own money for the property.

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