Voices of the Codebreakers

Personal accounts of the secret heroes of World War II

Michael Paterson

Date Published :
August 2018
Publisher :
Greenhill Books
Contributor(s) :
Robert Harris
Illustration :
16pages b/w illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781784383138
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Alongside the open conflict of World War II there were other, hidden wars - the wars of communication, in which success depended on a flow of concealed and closely guarded information.

Smuggled written messages, secretly transmitted wireless signals, or months of eavesdropping on radio traffic meant operatives could discover in advance what the enemy intended to do. This information was passed on to those who commanded the armies, the fleets and the bomber formations, as well as to the other secret agents throughout the world who were desperately trying to infiltrate enemy lines. Vital information that turned the tide of battle in North African desert and on the Pacific Ocean proved to have been obtained by the time-consuming and unglamorous work of cryptanalysts who deciphered the enemy's coded messages, and coded those for the Allies.

From the stuffy huts of Bletchley Park to the battles in the Mediterranean, the French and Dutch Resistance movements and the unkempt radio operatives in Burma, the rarely-seen, outstanding stories collected here reveal the true extent of the 'secret war'.

The ongoing need for secrecy for decades after the war meant that the outstanding achievements of wartime cryptanalysts could not be properly recognised.

With vivid first-hand accounts and illuminating historical research, VOICES OF THE CODEBREAKERS reveals and finally celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of these ordinary men and women.

About The Author

Michael Paterson is a military historian, author, researcher and illustrator. He began his career on the military magazine 'Battlefields Review' as a writer and illustrator, before working in the printed books department at the Imperial War Museum, London. He has worked closely with many international archives as a researcher and has lectured frequently on military history and related subjects. He is also the author of Winston Churchill: His Military Life, 1895-1945.


“Hardly a page goes by without some useful or amusing first- hand comment, whether about how people were recruited for the work, the technical intricacies of codes and ciphers, the living and working conditions at Bletchley, the complex process of breaking into the enemy’s most well-crafted codes, or the ways in which the information was used.”

- The NYMAS Review

"The stories told in Voices of the Code Breakers, are the actual words of the men and women who lived these stories and add immeasurably to the true understanding of this aspect of the war."

- The Spectrum Monitor

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