The Secret Listeners: How the Y Service Intercepted the German Codes for Bletchley Park

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Aurum Press, Oct 4, 2012 - History - 352 pages

Behind the celebrated code-breaking at Bletchley Park lies another secret…The men and women of the ‘ Y’ (for Wireless’ ) Service were sent out across the world to run listening stations from Gibraltar to Cairo, intercepting the German military’s encrypted messages for decoding back at the now-famous Bletchley Park mansion. Such wartime postings were life-changing adventures – travel out by flying boat or Indian railways, snakes in filing cabinets and heat so intense the perspiration ran into your shoes - but many of the secret listeners found lifelong romance in their far-flung corner of the world. Now, drawing on dozens of interviews with surviving veterans, Sinclair McKay tells their remarkable story at last.


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User Review  - expatscot - LibraryThing

This story deserves telling, but deserves a better author to do it. The writing is pretty poor but nonetheless it's worth wading through it for the experiences recounted. There's a bit of a ... Read full review

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Perhaps not as compelling as the author's book on Bletchley Park itself but, still, an interesting account of the secret world of the code breakers during WWII, based on personal reminiscences. Read full review


Tuning in to the Enemy
Reporting for Special Duties
The Human Computors
The Listeners at Large
The Blitz and the Ghost Voices
Heat Sandand Ashes 7 A WorldWideWeb of Intelligence 8 Feuds Farce and Panic 9 Wilder Shores and Secret Missions
This isNo Holiday Camp 11 Stormsin theDesert 12 Rommel and the Art of Dirty Tricks
Not So Quiet on the Domestic Front
LifeLong Friendships Were Forged
an extract fromThe Secret History of Bletchley
anextract fromThe LostWorld of Bletchely Park

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SINCLAIR MCKAY is the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bletchley Park, The Lost World of Bletchley Park, The Secret Life of Fighter Command and The Secret Listeners for Aurum, as well as histories of Hammer films, the James Bond films and the pastime of rambling. He lives in London. 

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