Interview: Polish codebreakers put Britain ahead in WWII

Jonasz Rewiński from PolandIN spoke with Dermot Turing, a nephew of the main WWII Enigma codebreaker and IT pioneer Alan Turing, about his uncle’s legacy and the role of other codebreakers – including Polish efforts – which have since been overshadowed.

“All the work that was done at Bletchley Park during WWII was closed in a permanent and perpetual box of secrecy. Nobody was allowed to talk about it. It was only in the 1970s that that veil was slightly lifted. At that point, a few of the British code breakers began to be known, but there was nobody left alive who had known the Polish codebreakers,” Mr Turing explained.

“It was only because the Polish codebreakers had been working on enigma for years and they told the British everything they knew that the British were able to start WWII with enough knowledge to keep ahead of the game.”

Watch the full interview with Dermot Turing here.