My wife and I and two friends drove the 50 odd miles up the M1 from London to visit the most
secretive location in England during World War 2. In Station X in Bletchley Park , Alan Turing
the greatest British scientist since Isaac Newton and his fellow codebreakers broke the
ingenious Enigma machine cypher used for German high-level communications. The German
operators had 159 million million million different possibilities. And yet Turing and his colleagues
managed to decipher what Hitler was saying to his subordinates!!1
Visiting Bletchley is absolutely riveting. You are taken back it time. It makes me shiver just writing about it. At one time there were up to 9000 staff working there, mostly women and
one Mavis Lever was responsible for cracking the code which enabled to British navy to utterly
destroy the Italian navy because she broke the code knowing where it would be! Mavis was only
19 years old.
You are shown the huts where the codebreakers did their work and you can test yourself on puzzles to see if you can break codes! The rooms are just as they were between 1939- 1945
On the walls you can see vitual displays and a visit to the past and hear the codebreakers talking.You see the bycicles they rode, the cars and motor bikes. You are taken back to the forties!
People come from near and far to visit London and the rest of the UK. They see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament , Buckingham Palace etc etc. In my opinion Bletchley Park Station X
is the number one attraction in the UK.
And what become of Alan Turing? He committed suicide after the war, hounded because of his homosexuality.He killed himself by injecting cyanide into an apple and eating it. But we remember this genius the inventor of the computer by something named in his honour, lets see if you can decipher that!! And the 19 year old lass Mavis Lever? She only died late last year.
And the Germans NEVER worked out what was going on in Bletchley Park.
It only takes 50 minutes from Euston in central London to get to Bletchley by fast train and Station X is across the road from Bletchley railway station.
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