Wrapping up A to Z #AtoZChallenge
I earned my A to Z winner badge, completing 26 posts in April on the topic of codebreaking in World War II. I learned a lot, some of which will help in the novel that I’m writing. I hope that you learned some interesting things, too!
Here are all my posts, in alphabetical order.
A is for Arlington Hall, where the US Army broke codes
B is for Bletchley Park, the headquarters of the British codebreaking effort
C is for Cryptography, with some helpful definitions
D is for Driscoll, honoring Agnes Driscoll and her expertise
E is for Enigma, the most famous of the broken codes
F is for Friedman, the power couple of codebreaking
G is for Goucher College, one of several women’s colleges that supplied American codebreakers
H is for Hoover, the FBI director who couldn’t be trusted with the secrets of codebreaking
I is for IBM, the provider of tabulating and other complicated machines used in codebreaking (and run by women)
J is for Japanese Missionaries, who wielded the rare and valuable skill of translation
K is for Knox, honoring Dillwyn Knox, a British codebreaker
L is for Layton, honoring Edwin Layton an American intelligence officer who led a codebreaking effort that supported the victory at Midway
M is for Magic, the intelligence briefing compiled from decrypted secret messages
N is for Normandy and the success of the invasion brought about, in part, by women who faked radio traffic for a fake invasion force
O is for Ōshima, the Japanese diplomat in Berlin who unwittingly provided vital information to Allies via a code that wasn’t as secure as he thought
P is for Prather, honoring my distant relative, Mary Louise Prather, and her leadership before, during, and after the war
Q is for Communications, a funny story from a WAVE
R is for Racism, to honor the under-recognized black codebreakers and because segregation, then, contributes to inequality, now
S is for Secrecy Oath, how the men got the story out while women went to their deaths with their families believing that they were secretaries, not codebreakers, during the war
T is for Traffic, describing a technique of learning from radio traffic even when the messages couldn’t be decrypted
U is for U-Boats, and how brave British seamen seized an opportunity to retrieve a cipher book from a sinking submarine that proved vital to the codebreaking effort at Bletchley Park
V is for Vint Hill Farms, the radio signal interception station in Virginia
W is for WACs and WAVES, the women who served in uniform in all kinds of roles, including as codebreakers
X is for X List, a captured Japanese document that listed their ships, but it turned out the US knew about nearly all of them because the water-transport code had been broken
Z is for Zubko, the last post transitioning us from World War II to the Cold War with an effort to break Russian codes
This was a great theme! I loved reading your posts even when I didn’t always comment.
Congratulations on completing this year!
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Congratulations on completing the challenge. I did indeed learn a lot through reading your posts.
Good luck with the novel.
Congrats on finishing the challenge! I liked your theme.
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These were interesting bits of information, Joy.
You put together an A list and covered it well.
I need to come back and do a thorough read.
Congrats on finishing thank you for stopping by. The challenges are quite interesting with all the information we learn
I’ll return during the road trip to read all 26 articles. This is fascinating history.
I’m sorry I missed you during A to Z – this is a very interesting theme!
Congratulations on winning, and I hope to see you next year!