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Storm Clouds Gather

Codebreaking at Bletchley Park first took place in August 1938

A small group of people moved into the Mansion under the cover story that they were ‘Captain Ridley’s Shooting Party’. They had an air of friends enjoying a relaxed weekend together at a country house. They even brought with them one of the best chefs from the Savoy Hotel to cook their food. But the small group of people were actually members of MI6, and the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), a secret team including a number of scholars and academics turned Codebreakers. Their job; to see whether Bletchley Park would work as a wartime location, safe from the risk of bombing in London, for intelligence activity by GC&CS as well as elements of MI6. Satisfied with the suitability of Bletchley Park, they returned to London to await the impending conflict.

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