The Cryptic Message That Deceived Hitler

dday_memo_624Via BBC News:

It was an audacious double-cross that fooled the Nazis and shortened World War II. Now a document, here published for the first time, reveals the crucial role played by Britain’s code-breaking experts in the 1944 invasion of France.

All the ingredients of a gripping spy thriller are there – intrigue, espionage, lies and black propaganda.

An elaborate British wartime plot succeeded in convincing Hitler that the Allies were about to stage the bulk of the D-Day landings in Pas de Calais rather than on the Normandy coast – a diversion that proved crucial in guaranteeing the invasion’s success.

An intercepted memo – which has only now come to light – picked up by British agents and decoded by experts at Bletchley Park – the decryption centre depicted in the film Enigma – revealed that German intelligence had fallen for the ruse.

[Continues at BBC News]

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3 Responses to The Cryptic Message That Deceived Hitler

  1. Liam_McGonagle January 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Quote:

    “Unknown to Berlin, the Germans’ seemingly foolproof Enigma code for secret messages had been cracked by Polish code breakers.”

    Hopefully this puts a final end to all the “How many Polish does it take to change a lightbulb” jokes. But I doubt it.

    Poland will probably never get the recognition it deserves for defeating fascism. On the other hand, it’s widely acknowledged that they produce a stunning class of blonde woman that no nation on earth is able to match.

    So six of one or a half dozen of the other . . . .

  2. Liam_McGonagle January 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    Quote:

    “Unknown to Berlin, the Germans’ seemingly foolproof Enigma code for secret messages had been cracked by Polish code breakers.”

    Hopefully this puts a final end to all the “How many Polish does it take to change a lightbulb” jokes. But I doubt it.

    Poland will probably never get the recognition it deserves for defeating fascism. On the other hand, it’s widely acknowledged that they produce a stunning class of blonde woman that no nation on earth is able to match.

    So six of one or a half dozen of the other . . . .

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