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The FANY in Peace & War

Hugh Popham - Hardback 2002


In September 2014 I was privileged to have been asked to present a British Legion Centenary Lecture on the First World War. My chosen subject was “First Anywhere”, the story of the ladies of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, or FANY as they became affectionately known. My own research on the FANY had focused on their work during the Second World War and my quest that those attached to Bletchley Park will one day receive the recognition t ....

RAF Tempsford - Churchill's most secret airfield

Bernard O’Connor - Paperback 2012


This is an account of a Second World War airfield situated in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside from where aircrews lifted secret agents and supplies up into the moonlit skies to begin their perilous journeys across Europe and behind enemy lines. The book’s author, Bernard O’Conner, is an historian and a teacher. Through his extensive research he provides the reader with a reference book of qualified information, real life stories, phot ....

A Life in Secrets – The Story of Vera Atkins and The Lost Agents of SOE

Sarah Helm - Paperback 2005


I discovered “A Life in Secrets” as a result of reading Leo Marks’ book, “Between Silk and Cyanide” in which Vera features and I was intrigued to find out more about her. This book is in not about Bletchley Park, though it is mentioned twice. It is quintessentially about Special Operations Executive (SOE) French (F) Section and Vera Atkins, her character, her role within F Section and her post war quest to find her missing SOE agents. This b ....

Between Silk and Cyanide – A Codemaker’s War 1941 -1945

Leo Marks - Paperback 2007


This book was recommended to me when I was researching women at war. Though this book is not about Bletchley Park it is about creating codes and cyphers for Special Operations Executive (SOE). There are, through the very nature of that work, links with Bletchley Park not least through its author Leo Marks and his cryptologist hero Colonel John Tiltman. Not considered to be Bletchley Park material, the code-maker Leo Marks was sent to SOE as a ....


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