Lone Sentry: German Visual Communication Between Aircraft and Ground Troops (WWII Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 24, May 6, 1943) Modern warfare puts a heavy premium on successful coordination of all of the various arms. For that reason, comprehensive and flexible methods of communication must be devised. Liaison between air and ground forces presents special problems, and a German document gives the following outline of methods used to meet some of the difficulties.
HOW TO BECOME ENTANGLED IN RED TAPE Experiences of WWII I was 19 years old when war was declared by Neville Chamberlain that Sunday morning. I had completed my first year at London University (Bedford College) and was due to return for my second year in early October. WW2 People's War - RedTape
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Smugglers or spies ? Dear Jack, Here are a few words that may be helpful for your homework on WW2. WW2 People's War - Smugglers or Spies ?
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WW2 People's War - Beauforts and Spitfires: An Apprentice at large in the Aircraft Industry in Southampton during the early years of WW2 My WW2 experiences are in two halves: there are no acts of heroism on my part but, looking back, I believe that, as a young man, my experiences taught me to cope with whatever circumstances I found myself in. This stood me in good stead for the remainder of my working life. For the first half of the war, as a civilian, I was confronted with far more danger than I experienced during the remainder of the war with the Fleet Air Arm (see Part 2 of my story for People’s War). I left Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury in 1938 at the age of 18 to become an apprentice in the aircraft industry at Folland Aircraft, Hamble, Southampton. The factory, on the shores of Southampton water, was already gearing up to a wartime level of production. When the war started, semi-skilled and unskilled workers swelled the workforce.
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WW2 People's War - Eager For The Air: The Story Of The Air Transport Auxiliary This story was submitted to the people's War site by volunteer Jackie Ashman Project Co-ordinator for the South Gloucestershire and North-East Area of Bristol, on behalf of Wing Commander Rtd. Eric Viles, MBE and has been added to the site with his permission. Eric Viles fully understands the site's terms and conditions. Eager for the Air - The Air Transport Auxiliary is a story about a little known organisation that became crucial to helping the RAF to obtain their aircraft, whilst keeping their pilots free to do their work. The RAF had been ferrying aircraft from the aircraft manufacturer; the Bristol Aeroplane Company, in Filton, in South Gloucestershire, as indeed they had from other manufacturing sites from all over the UK. Then when WW2 was deemed imminent it was quickly apparent that their services would be urgently required elsewhere.
This is just some of the huts in view, in the top secret Station X. The place that no one knew about and the place that managed to keep "Top Secret" for many years. The people who worked in the huts at Bletchley Park, found that they were not to mix with people from the other huts. WW2 People's War - The Huts at Bletchley Park
WW2 People's War - A Classical Scholar at Bletchley Park This story was submitted to the People's War Site by Margaret Walsh of The Royal Star and Garter Home on behalf of Ralph Instone and has been added to the site with his permission. I was an Infantry Officer, and I was in the Army from 1939 to 1946. Being a classical scholar I was employed as a cryptographer at Bletchley Park. We obtained the enemy signals traffic by wireless interception. In spite of the numbers involved it was a very well-kept secret, because for 30 years the general public did not know what had gone on there.
I was at Bletchley Park from 1943-1945 (see my other entry under I was one of Churchills Geese). During my time at Bletchley Park, drama, as well as other artistic activities, flourished. There were groups in both the Park itself and in Shenley Road Military Camp. I was personally involved in one way or another with productions of Bernard Shaw's 'Candida', J.B.Priestley's 'They Came To A City' and an ambitious presentation of 'Berkeley Square'. WW2 People's War - Drama Productions at Bletchley Park
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This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Roger Marsh of the ‘Action Desk — Sheffield’ Team on behalf of Oliver Hugh Lawn and Sheila Isabelle (nee Mackenzie) Lawn, and has been added to the site with both the author’s permission. The authors fully understand the site's terms and conditions. Wartime Code Breaking By Oliver Hugh Lawn and Sheila Isabelle (nee Mackenzie) Lawn Oliver and Sheila Lawn both worked at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, the very secret wartime code breaking establishment. It was called the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). All the work done at Bletchley Park remained Top Secret for some 30 years after the war, and only then were Oliver and Sheila able to talk about their work there. WW2 People's War - Wartime Code Breaking
WW2 People's War - Breaking the Code This story was submitted to the People's War site by Philippa on behalf of Joyce Baxter and has been added to the site with her permission. Joyce fully understands the site's terms and conditions. I was 18 when war started and living in London. I was suddenly called to London from a quiet posting in Hertfordshire and put on a train. I had no idea where I was going but the mystery was solved when I got out at Bletchley and was taken to the grounds of Bletchley Park - a not very distinguished stately home. Whilst there I learned the thrilling news that we had broken the German code.
WW2 People's War - Commander Travis I was looking through my mother's books recently and came across something she had written on the fly leaf of a copy of 'Most Secret War'. 'A typist, an indexer and finally a marker of de-coded naval Enigma signals, working in Block A - eventually ruled over by Commander Travis'. Commander Travis is my Guide I nothing lack with him beside He for my wandering footsteps hath laid everywhere a concrete path. Beneath my humble windowsill He plants the nodding daffodil, And sends, in litte rolls, the grass Where I my leisure hours may pass;
I left school early, as we did, many of us, in those days, with the wish to join something [and the vague idea that I should do something for My Country…] I would have liked to join the Land Army, but my mother objected [I think she had been reading Mary Webb, and had visions of lustful farmers…] — and so I joined the WRNS. A mistake, as it proved, for I spent a thoroughly unhappy 2 years — and did very little for my country. I was posted to Bletchley Park [as far from the sea as you can get in England] How exciting! Some would say; not so. Nobody trained me for anything, not even when I was put onto operating a vast machine [early computer prototype]. I hadn’t a clue what I was doing. WW2 People's War - Memories of Bletchley Park
WW2 People's War - A Year at Bletchley Park The author of this story has understood the rules and regulations of the site and has agreed that this story can be added to the People's War website A Year at Bletchley Park As a young twenty year old, I was whisked away to serve my country at a “ hush hush” place in Buckinghamshire. First impressions; corded- trousered, bearded young men with vague expressions strolled through the extensive grounds, (obviously with a lot on their minds). I was settled to work in Block E on a strange looking typewriter, (with a difference).
Before the war I was a Civil Servant - a Telephone Engineer, concerned with the maintenance and development of automatic exchanges in London, and was in a "reserved occupation". In May 1942 I was called for an interview at the Forgein Office and, as a result, received notice of appointment to Bletchley Park. I was notified that before reporting to the Park, I was to spend some time working at the British Tabulating Machine Company with a "Mr. Keen". When I arrived at the Company I found I was one of twelve Telephone Engineers who had been appointed to Mr. Keen's department. WW2 People's War - Denis Whelan - His Association with Bletchley Park
WW2 People's War - Wartime - Bletchley Park WAAF 1942 - 47. After 10 weeks training at Cranwell, Lincolnshire, I was a teleprinter operator and at first posted to Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. As by then things had quietened down a little, I had some free time, and so with some comrades, I "put on a show" at the Corn Exchange in Leighton Buzzard. After that I was posted to Bletchley Park. I had no idea how important Bletchley Park was or what was being carried out there! But as soon as I arrived, off I was sent again, to Chigwell in Essex, whilst I was being "vetted", and at Chigwell we were taught the MORSE and MURRAY codes and how to read them from tapes coming through machines from almost everywhere!
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