Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781474608329

Price: £14.99

ON SALE: 12th October 2017

Genre: Society & Social Sciences

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The complete story of how the German Enigma codes were broken. Perfect for fans of THE IMITATION GAME, the new film on Alan Turing’s Enigma code, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Breaking the German Enigma codes was not only about brilliant mathematicians and professors at Bletchley Park. There is another aspect of the story which it is only now possible to tell. It takes in the exploits of spies, naval officers and ordinary British seamen who risked, and in some cases lost, their lives snatching the vital Enigma codebooks from under the noses of Nazi officials and from sinking German ships and submarines.

This book tells the whole Enigma story: its original invention and use by German forces and how it was the Poles who first cracked – and passed on to the British – the key to the German airforce Enigma. The more complicated German Navy Enigma appeared to them to be unbreakable.

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Unquestionably deepens and enriches our understanding of the Bletchley story ... Sebag-Montefiore demonstrates superbly that the seizure of the Enigma codebooks was among the crucial episodes in Britain's prosecution of the war
Cracking stuff
Robert Harris, THE TIMES