Bletchley Park and D-Day David Kenyon

Publication date:
28 May 2019
Yale University Press
320 pages: 235 x 156mm
7 col. & 16 b-w illus. & 2 maps

The untold story of Bletchley Park's key role in the success of the Normandy campaign

Since the secret of Bletchley Park was revealed in the 1970s, the work of its codebreakers has become one of the most famous stories of the Second World War. But cracking the Nazis’ codes was only the start of the process. Thousands of secret intelligence workers were then involved in making crucial information available to the Allied leaders and commanders who desperately needed it.
Using previously classified documents, David Kenyon casts the work of Bletchley Park in a new light, as not just a codebreaking establishment, but as a fully developed intelligence agency. He shows how preparations for the war’s turning point—the Normandy Landings in 1944—had started at Bletchley years earlier, in 1942, with the careful collation of information extracted from enemy signals traffic. This account reveals the true character of Bletchley's vital contribution to success in Normandy, and ultimately, Allied victory.

David Kenyon is the research historian at Bletchley Park. He is coauthor of Digging the Trenches and author of Horsemen in No Man's Land.

"Using previously classified documents, this book casts the work of Bletchley Park in a new light"–Military History

“Pleasingly, David Kenyon's Bletchley Park and D-Day shines out and makes for very interesting in-depth reading, as it gives an illuminating examination of the intelligence operations that helped to secure the Allied victory at Normandy”— Melody Foreman, Britain at War

"David Kenyon and Bletchley Park is the dream ticket. A wonderful scholar and communicator writing about one of the world's most fascinating historical sites." - Dan Snow, historian, documentary filmmaker and television presenter