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Bletchley Park veteran talks about WWII code breaking experiences [Video]

Says we need more women in security today
Fri Jul 04 2014, 12:21

BLETCHLEY PARK VETERAN Betty Webb, who helped decipher secret codes for the British government during the 1940s, has talked about her experiences during her time at the code breaking institution, explaining how the work she took part in then ultimately helped to win World War II.

Webb worked at Bletchley Park during World War II in the Intelligence Office working out cover stories to conceal the fact that the German Enigma ciphers were being broken.

Speaking with The INQUIRER at an event at Bletchley Park on Monday, Webb said that she was shown how to record all messages that were intercepted onto cards that code breakers had to decode. The reports that she constructed had to look as though the intelligence in them had been gathered in some other way, and without them, she said, we wouldn't have been able to track the enemy's movements.

At that time, Webb didn't even know what kind of work she was conducting. It wasn't until later that she discovered the kind of work she was doing, helping her country defeat enemies in the war.

The interview was part of the first media opening of the grounds of Bletchley Park since its restoration that was completed earlier this month. During her talk, Webb also said that we need more women in the intelligence service today. µ


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