Today marks the release of the movie thriller, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. In it, Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing: mathematician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist who, along with the other wartime denizens of Bletchley Park’s 'Station X', helped crack the German Enigma code that helped the Allies win the war. It is often said that the work of the analysts, scientists and mathematicians of Bletchley Park shortened the war by up to two years. To help you find out more about the extraordinary achievements that occurred at Bletchley, as well as the marvellous people who achieved them, Biteback has prepared an offer on three of our bestselling titles on Station X.
By Michael Smith
The astonishing story of how the British codebreakers of Bletchley Park cracked the Nazi Enigma cyphers, cutting an estimated two years off the Second World War. The Secrets of Station X tells the full story of the efforts taken to secure victory for the Allies.
Edited by Ralph Erskine & Michael Smith
This extraordinary book, originally published as Action This Day, includes descriptions by some of Britain’s foremost historians on the work of Bletchley Park, from the breaking of Enigma and other wartime codes to the invention of modern computing, as well as its influence on Cold War codebreaking. Most notably The Bletchley Park Codebreakers offers a humanistic insight into the individuals, whose brilliance arguably won the war.
By Mavis Batey
Many have heard of the tragic story of codebreaker Alan Turing, but few know of his eccentric colleague Alfred Dillwyn Knox, known simply as ‘Dilly’. Chief codebreaker for the Admiralty during World War One, before being recruited for the top secret mission housed within Bletchley Park during World War Two, Dilly’s codebreaking skills played a vital part in the deception operation that ensured the success of the D-Day landings.