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Bletchley Park code-breaker Jerry Roberts dies

March 29th, 2014

The spokeswoman said: “Jerry came to Bletchley Park straight from university but they were all in unchartered territory. It was new ground for everybody.”

The intelligence gathered at Bletchley Park is buy cialis 20mg credited with providing strategic information that was passing between top-level enemy commanders. It is believed to have shortened the war by two years and helped save millions of lives.

The spokeswoman said: “In the last six years of his life he campaigned absolutely tirelessly for awareness and the achievements made at Bletchley Park.

“During the war, people in one room did not know what people were doing in the next room, never mind another department. It’s still a jigsaw puzzle even now.”

Describing Capt Roberts as “lovely” and “absolutely charming”, she said: “He was passionate about what he and his colleagues achieved.

“He did not want to blow his own trumpet but to have the work of his colleagues recognised.”

Reminiscing years after the war, when he was finally free to talk about his work, Capt Roberts said he had taken delight in reading Hitler’s messages, sometimes even before the German leader.

In a BBC interview last year, he described the intelligence the team had gathered as “gold dust” because it was “top level stuff” that referred to the movement of entire armies.

The stream of intelligence from his unit at Bletchley Park proved vital in the Allied D-Day invasion and helped save many lives. “We were breaking 90 per cent of the German traffic through ’41 to ’45″,” Capt Roberts said.

“We worked for three years on Tunny material and were breaking – at a conservative estimate – just under 64,000 top-line messages.”

He added it had been “an exciting time” whenever the team “started getting a break on a message and seeing it through”.

Capt Roberts later received an MBE in recognition of his service and he became a tireless ambassador for the memory of those who had served this country in secret during the war.

He spent years campaigning for greater acknowledgement of his colleagues, including Alan Turing, who broke the naval Enigma code.

Capt Robert also called for the entire Testery group to be honoured, including Bill Tutte, who broke the Tunny system, and Tommy Flowers, who designed and built the Colossus, which sped up some stages of the breaking of Tunny traffic.

Capt Roberts said the work done at Bletchley Park had been “unique” and was unlikely to happen again.

He said: “It was a war where we knew comprehensively what the other side were doing, and that was thanks to Alan Turing, who basically saved the country by breaking Enigma in 1941.”

Capt Roberts, of Liphook, Hampshire, worked at Bletchley Park until the end of the war before spending two years at the War Crimes Investigation Unit, and then moving on to a 50-year career in marketing and research.


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