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Location address: United Kingdom, Milton Keynes, Bletchley
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Bletchley Park, in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was the central site of the United Kingdom’s Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), which during the Second World War regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. The official historian of World War II British Intelligence has written that the “Ultra” intelligence produced at Bletchley shortened the war by two to four years, and that without it the outcome of the war would have been uncertain. The site is now an educational and historical attraction memorializing and celebrating those accomplishments.
The movie ‘The Imitation Game’ is about the story of Alan Turing and breaking the code of Enigma at Bletchley Park. Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of the genius Alan Turing. The movie also presents very well the struggle Alan Turing had after his amazing success breaking the code, and how his all was kept secret.
Alan Turing was working at Bletchley Park. As head of a section called Hut 8, Turing designed computing machines that cracked the Nazis’ Enigma code. DId you know that Alan Turing was a keen runner. He occasionally ran all the way to London for meetings at the War Office.
During World War II, Bletchley Park was the site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment. During the Second World War, Turing worked at Bletchley Park.