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Bletchley Park source based questions

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Assignment Two: Objectives Two and Three Source Questions 1) From Source A we learn that his or her work was highly secretive, "You never discussed your work with anyone else." It also suggests that people had their own specific area in Station X, "We were very, very departmentalised." We also learn that it was only the real high ups that knew exactly what was going on through out Bletchley Park "Except the real high ups." Overall it implies that Bletchley Park was a highly secretive place and no one knew what happened at Bletchley Park apart from what they themselves were doing. 2) Source A agrees with source C when it says, "I hadn't a clue what was going on in the rest of the Park". The person saying this is suggesting that very secretive and little information was given to them about anything else that happened in Bletchley Park. This is backed up by Source C when it says, "We didn't often know the results of our activities." How ever they do indirectly disagree. Source A suggests that there were people higher up in Station X that knew everything that went on "Except the real high ups" but in Source C there is no mention or suggestion that this was in fact true. ...read more.

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He was able to sink three heavy cruisers and two destroyers without any British losses. The information that Bletchley Park received and passed on, which led to the victory at Matapan, was from a few messages; one which read 'Today's the day minus three'. Bletchley Park was able to work that something was definitely going to happen and passed on the information. Another message, which was decoded successfully, told them all the battle orders how many cruisers there were, and how many submarines there were. The information given by Bletchley Park was invaluable. It definitely helped the British to win that battle. At the Battle of Atlantic, they helped to defeat the attacks by German U-boats on the Atlantic convoys. Bletchley Park were able to break the German navy code 'Dolphin' in July which meant the number of boats sunk by the Germans went from 65 in June to 15 by the end of November. At that point the German U-boats decided to return to the Mediterranean to help the Italians. Bletchley Park supplied a lot of detailed information of the invasion of Crete, information including the date of when it was to take place, which was 20th May 1941. ...read more.

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Source A suggests that Station X was very secretive. "Very, very departmentalised." This meant that no German spies could have possibly known what was happening in the Park. So therefore it continued to be helpful towards the war and the outcome, because if the Germans had found out then there would be no way the British would have known so much about the battles etc. Source G suggests that the codebreakers worked extremely hard for prolonged periods "Spend the whole night." This was eminently helpful to the outcome of the war. This was because their hard work made breaking the codes quicker and information given to the Admirals quicker and so consequently the British being ready for any attacks by the Germans. Source F is a memo written by Winston Churchill. He obviously felt that he needed Station X to win the war because he gave them extreme priority "Extreme priority" and whatever they wanted, "All they want." If the Prime Minister felt Bletchley Park were vital in order to win the war there is little doubt they were. Overall I feel that for certain Bletchley Park had a major influence on the outcome of WW2. The codebreakers worked their socks off for Britain and without their help the war could have gone on for a much longer period. However I also feel they did not always have a great impact on every event. ...read more.

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