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Female Code Breakers at Bletchley Park

March 15, 2017

Rare photo emerges of female codebreakers who worked in secret using world's first electronic computer to crack Hitler's messages during World War TwoA forgotten photograph found in a desk drawer has cast light on the secretive world of the female codebreakers who operated the world's first electronic computer used to crack Nazi messages during the Second World War.


The image, which was never been seen before, was kept hidden in a bureau for 70 years by veteran Joanna Chorley, who broke secrecy rules to take the picture.

The 88-year-old was part of the Colossus C watch at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire in 1945 and is pictured alongside almost 40 female colleagues, whose identities were closely guarded secrets.

She found the picture of the Women's Royal Naval Service, which shows each woman dressed in a smart beret and tie, when she was having a clear out and it is believed to be one of only a handful in existence.


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