By Jerry Roberts MBE

The breaking of the Enigma computer is among the so much heroic tales of global struggle II, and highlights the the most important paintings of the Bletchley Park codebreakers which shortened the conflict via numerous years. yet there has been one other code laptop utilized by Hitler himself to exhibit messages to his best commanders within the box. extra advanced and safe than Enigma, it may possibly by no means be damaged. For 60 years not anyone knew approximately Lorenz or "Tunny," or the brave team of fellows who eventually broke the code. right here for the 1st time, codebreaker Jerry Roberts tells how those forgotten heroes of Bletchley broke Hitler’s most sensible mystery code, and the way he ultimately received the codebreakers the popularity they deserve.

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Latymer was a first-class private boys’ school and I had excellent teachers. I still remember with gratitude Mr Gregory, who taught me German and French. I made huge progress in both languages, and this prepared me to take a course in German and French at University College London (UCL) later on. In comparison to Wembley College, at Latymer classes were a very much more serious affair and there was a relatively strict discipline imposed. In spite of that, the teaching was excellent and enjoyable.

Mr Topliss, who normally sported a ginger-coloured suit with plus fours, ran the school but made little contribution to the teaching. We normally had a fifteen-minute walk to school and then back at the end of the school day. Occasionally, our milkman would kindly give me a lift to the school in his Trojan milk float. This had solid rubber wheels and, as a result, the 400 bottles would make a terrible din, so that when I got off I was quite stupefied. The noise was made worse by the fact that the road had tramlines set in stone bricks.

We lived in the main house on the farm, a large, old, comfortable building which in earlier days would have housed servants, gardeners and so on. We had our meals together in the big kitchen. This lasted eight weeks and, in its own way, was extremely enjoyable. But the time soon came for me to return to my family in London, briefly, before going back to Aber by train. Later, in the spring of 1941, I cycled out from Wembley to Aber along the 200 miles each way, which I spread over four days, staying in youth hostels.

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