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Podcast 107: The German Surrenders

Fri, 1 May 2020
The final days of the Nazi regime

Since first marching into Poland on the 1 September 1939, the German army had conquered most of Europe. But the tide had turned and, as April 1945 began, they were caught between the Western Allies and the vast Red Army of the Soviet Union. The inevitable end was finally in sight, but not before multiple surrenders were signed.

For the Codebreakers of Bletchley Park, after more than five and a half years, their work wasn’t over. Not only did they have to keep supplying vital intelligence, but they also looked towards an uncertain future and the threat of a new enemy. It must have been satisfying for the night shift in Hut 6 on the 7 May 1945 as they secretly became some of the first people to learn that the war in Europe was at an end.

With the help of archival recordings and Ultra decrypts from the time, Bletchley Park’s Research Officer, Dr Thomas Cheetham, guides us through the dramatic last days of the Nazi regime.

Very special thanks go to Mr Ben Thompson for voicing our archival documents.

In memoriam, Eileen Younghusband BEM  (1921-2016) WAAF Section Officer.

Image: PD-USGov-Military-Army

Producers Note

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, our podcast team is currently working from home so we have had to record this episode remotely.  This means that the audio is not to the high quality we would normally wish it to be. However, very much in the ‘make do and mend’ spirit of World War Two, we have improved it the best we can and hope our listeners will understand and still enjoy the episode.

Podcast 107: The German Surrenders