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The Wrens and the Wireless War in World War II - 6 May 2021

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Speaker: Peter Hore FRHS CMIL

Chair: Dr Alan James, War Studies Department


Peter’s new book, Bletchley Park’s Secret Source, is a biographical and operational history of 400 young women who, starting in 1940, were recruited into a secret service known as ‘Y’, to listen to Morse (W/T) and to German voice (R/T). Without these women, Bletchley Park would have had no raw ‘intelligence take’ on which to work its magic. Peter shows the role the Wrens played in operations and the risks they took, often on dangerous sea voyages.



Peter Hore served a full career in the Royal Navy, enjoyed ten years as CEO of the Film & TV Fund, is the author of several works of biography and strategy, and has written more than 1,500 obituaries on a range of subjects mostly with ‘webbed feet’ in the Daily Telegraph


This seminar is part of the long-running ‘King’s Maritime History Seminars’ hosted by the Laughton Naval History Unit (on behalf of the British Commission for Maritime History and the Society for Nautical Research)

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6 May 2021

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