British code-breakers cracked Nazi Germany’s encrypted secrets but did such a good job of keeping silent that their work was nearly lost to history. Now a letter from Gen. Dwight D.
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British code-breakers cracked Nazi Germany's encrypted secrets but did such a good job of keeping silent that their work was nearly lost to history. Now a letter from Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower is helping to underscore the importance of Bletchley Park, the once-classified home of the World War II code-breakers. In the inter-war years, British authorities saw America as a "leaky sieve" and were reluctant to share information because they had grave reservations about how it would be used, said Niall Barr, a military historian and the author of "Eisenhower's Armies: The American-British Alliance During World War II".The letter praises Eisenhower for recognizing the work of the Bletchley Park code-breakers, and expresses his "unbounded admiration" for the help Ike offered in ensuring the "proper usage of the material" – apparently for not tipping off the Nazis that the code had been broken.
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