The Significance of the Impact of Bletchley Park on WWII, the Twentieth Century and the way we all live today
“It looks as if Bletchley Park is the single greatest achievement of Britain during 1939-45, perhaps during the (20th) century as a whole,” George Steiner, American author who has written extensively about the impact of the Holocaust.
“Ultra shortened the war "by not less than two years and probably by four years"; moreover, in the absence of Ultra, it is uncertain how the war would have ended”. Sir Harry Hinsley, official historian of British Intelligence in World War Two.
Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister, was an ardent supporter of Bletchley Park and had absolute belief in the intelligence generated by the Codebreakers referring to them as, "the geese that laid the golden eggs and never cackled". When the top Codebreakers wrote to him, in 1941, starved of resources to do their essential work, Churchill ordered, ‘Action this day! Make sure they have all they want on extreme priority and report to me that this had been done'.
"The work here at Bletchley Park ... was utterly fundamental to the survival of Britain and to the triumph of the West. I’m not actually sure that I can think of very many other places where I could say something as unequivocal as that. This is sacred ground. If this isn’t worth preserving, what is? " The late Professor Richard Holmes, Military Historian.
“The intelligence... from you (Bletchley Park)... has been of priceless value. It has saved thousands of British and American lives and, in no small way, contributed to the speed with which the enemy was routed and eventually forced to surrender... (It was a) very decisive contribution to the Allied war effort.”, General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
"So, if I may say so, you (the Bletchley Park Trust) are the keepers of one of the greatest British success stories." HRH The Prince of Wales.
"No single operation of the Second World War was so dependent on Bletchley as the Normandy landings. Indeed without the work which was done here there is no way the landings could have gone ahead let alone succeeded", Sir Martin Gilbert, Official Churchill biographer.
"Probably the most significant single war effort the British made and it (Bletchley Park) was conclusively and convincingly triumphant." Stephen Fry, British Actor and Author.
“Bletchley Park is a national treasure: the home of the best-kept secret in history, where a group of peculiarly brilliant people made a huge contribution to winning the war.” .Ben Macintyre, British author, historian and journalist
“...its (Bletchley Park’s) contribution to the Information Age making it arguably the equivalent of Ironbridge (The Industrial Age)” Jeremy Lake, Inspector of Historic Buildings, English Heritage.