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30/04/2014

Bletchley and Enigma

BHTVs latest programme now out. During the Second World War~ Bletchley Park was the site of the UK's main decryption establishment~ the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS)~ where ciphers and codes of several Axis countries were decrypted~ most importantly the ciphers generated by the German Enigma and Lorenz machines. The high-level intelligence produced at Bletchley Park~ codenamed Ultra~ provided crucial assistance to the Allied war effort. Sir Harry Hinsley~ a Bletchley veteran and the official historian of British Intelligence during the Second World War~ said that Ultra shortened the war by two to four years and that the outcome of the war would have been uncertain without it. In this newly commissioned documentary film~ the BHTV team of historians and battlefield guides explain the history of this legendary World War Two site. Filmed in collaboration with the Bletchley Park trust~ the team have been given complete access to the building and it's official history~ culminating in a complete and detailed history of the site from it's vital use as an intelligence base to it's conversion as a museum in 1993. The team also interview some of the surviving veterans who worked at Bletchley at the time and helped to break the Enigma coding. Now underway is an £`8m~ Heritage Lottery Funded restoration programme~ which will come to fruition in time for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. This DVD will be launched in conjunction with the opening of the newly refurbished shop and will be an ideal purchase for all Second World War and Special Operations enthusiasts.

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