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Fri, 17 Jan 2020
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Training the Codebreakers

As our Learning programme continues to grow, we will be welcoming more students than ever to our new Challenge HQ classrooms to learn about all things Bletchley Park. The war-time staff of GC&CS often had to learn new skills in order to undertake their roles. Learning was also a major focus for GC&CS, when staff often needed to develop new skills for their roles. Some people were recruited because they already possessed useful knowledge such as graduates from leading universities and secretarial colleges. However, many individuals joined the war effort without prior experience and learnt what they were to do at Bletchley Park from scratch, sometimes on an ad-hoc basis.

Training the Codebreakers
1 / 10In June 1942, 20-year-old Dorothy Robertson (Smith) graduated from Aberdeen University with a knowledge of French and German. She signed up for the WRNS. After her basic training at Mill Hill, in a medical research institute that had been converted for WRNS training, Robertson was sent to Wimbledon for an exhausting two-week linguistics course. She passed the final examinations at the end of the course, and became an Intercept Operator based at Withernsea and Scarborough, listening in to signals sent by German E-boats and R-boats. In 2001 she wrote her memories of her wartime service.
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