This week, we return for the second and final time to the 2018 launch of Dermot Turing’s book, ‘X, Y and Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken.’ It is a story of international cooperation, spanning many years and for the first time tells of how the French, British and Polish secret services came together to unravel the secrets of the Enigma machine.
At the launch, Dermot was joined by Nathalie Genet-Rouffiac, the Curator of Heritage for the French Ministry of the Armed Forces and GCHQ Historian Tony Comer. To finish this episode we have highlights from the Q&A Session that all three joined, which ended the day.
But first, we return to Dermot’s talk. In the last episode, we left the Polish Codebreakers, enjoying life, living in a Chateau, working for the French. He now completes the story of what happened to them following the Allied landings in North Africa in late 1942 as the Germans rushed to occupy Vichy France.
Image: ©Bletchley Park Trust 2020
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