At the end of September, I was lucky enough to attend a talk by Dr Mark Baldwin in Dundee about the Enigma machine and the role of Bletchley Park during World War II.
The talk was fascinating, providing a full history of the Enigma machine, and explained the inner workings of the machine. Whilst I knew of the machine (and the great Alan Turing), I didn’t know the full details of how the machine generated a code for the day or how the team at Bletchley attempted to crack it. I also hadn’t realised 3 Polish men broke Enigma first in the early 1930’s. They knew the Germans were going to invade Poland so they shared all their intelligence with the British and the French, before destroying all evidence in their country.
I just missed the end of the talk (had to catch the last bus home). The talk has been given all over the UK so, if you get the chance, go and have a listen.
On a side note, I’ve supported the Saving Bletchley Park book by Dr Sue Black on Unbound. It should be a nice companion piece to go along with the information included in the talk.