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BP Presents:

Dr David Abrutat

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Join us for this free virtual talk where Dr David Abrutat, GCHQ’s Departmental Historian, will reveal how Bletchley Park’s Ultra intelligence was shared across the globe.

Secret Messengers:

How Bletchley Park’s signals intelligence was shared during World War Two

Dr David Abrutat, GCHQ’s Departmental Historian, will reveal the importance of the elaborate network of Special Communications Units (SCU) and Special Liaison Units (SLU) who shared Bletchley Park’s signals intelligence (SIGINT) during World War Two.

Success for the Allies on the battlefield often relied on accurate intelligence being intercepted and deciphered at Bletchley Park. But how did these valuable Ultra reports reach Allied commanders in the field in a timely fashion?

Follow Abrutat as he takes you through this fascinating story, starting in the summer of 1940, when the threat of a German invasion of Britain was at its highest and a fledgling mobile GC&CS unit was formed, to Cairo in 1941 with the first Special Signals Unit (SSU1) and then beyond into the later war years as the SCU and SLU became increasingly more important to the Allied war effort.

This riveting virtual talk will be hosted by our Research Historian, Dr David Kenyon. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the talk.

How to join?

Book Now. The registration for this virtual talk closes on Tuesday 26 October at 13.00. We will sadly not be able to process any registrations made on the website after this time. Once registered, you will be sent a link on Tuesday 26 October to access the virtual talk on Wednesday 27 October at 13.00. You will also receive a reminder on the morning of the virtual talk to the email address associated with your booking. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us. Please note, this virtual talk will be recorded for training and monitoring purposes only. The recording will not be released following the event.

Please note this virtual talk will take place at 13.00 BST not GMT as advertised in some locations. We apologise for any confusion and disruption this causes.

This virtual event is free but donations are welcome. As an independent museum, we rely on visitor income and the generosity of supporters. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted our resilience for the future. All our events involve a lot of time and work behind the scenes to plan and prepare. If you are able to give, we welcome donations of £5 for this event. Your donation will help us safeguard this remarkable site and continue the work of Bletchley Park Trust to reflect the outstanding achievements of the Codebreakers. Thank you.

Register for this free virtual event and learn more about the secret messengers who shared Bletchley Park’s Ultra intelligence.

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Dr David Abrutat is a former Royal Marines Commando, RAF Officer and retired Zoologist. In his spare time he become an Associate Fellow and lecturer in International Relations and Security Studies at the University of Buckingham in the Department of Economics. He is now the GCHQ Departmental Historian.

He has long had a passionate interest in World War Two Military History and is a Council member in the Royal Marines Historical Society (RMHS).

His first published work was ‘Vanguard: The Intelligence and Reconnaissance Missions Behind D-Day’ published in May 2019 by Unicorn Publishing. His second book ‘Radio War’ was published just six months later. He is now working on the Official History of 42 Commando RM.

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