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Collections uncovered

Wed, 31 Jan 2018
Tap into Bletchley's intelligence online

Many of the collections held by Bletchley Park Trust are kept behind the scenes in our stores. To give better access to these hidden gems, we have embarked on a major collections digitisation project. Every month, we will release a new album of digitised images from the collection, giving glimpses into the material we hold – from Ultra intelligence to photographs and codebreakers’ personal accounts. Check back on this page, or keep an eye on our social media, to find new albums as they are published.

Hut 3 Headlines

These Ultra intelligence reports, produced by Hut 3 at Bletchley Park, were sent daily to Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Allied commanders from May 1941 to May 1945.

Hut 3 Section focused on wireless messages intercepted from the German army and air force, deciphering and analysing the information they contained. Particularly important messages were summarised into these ‘Headlines’.

The selection in this album shows the variety and importance of the intelligence obtained by Hut 3 – from reports on the morale of German troops, to potential booby traps and news of the fall of Stalingrad.

Hut 3 Headlines
1 / 10Battle of Stalingrad, 31 January 1943. Field Marshal von Paulus, commander of the German forces in Stalingrad is captured by this ‘strong Russian attack’. Two days later Germany surrenders the city.