Tommy Flowers | The East End

The young German sat in the communication hut in Athens at the end of October 1941, and took out a complicated machine of wheels and cogs. Plugging in his coding machine, he began to transmit a message of around 4000 characters to a secret Army location in Vienna. Annoyingly, after a few minutes, he received an uncoded message back from the recipient asking for retransmission as his message had not been received correctly. He shook his head in frustration and with a degree of irritation began to transmit the entire message again forgetting, in doing so, to alter the key settings for the machine. It was the break the staff at the code breaking HQ at Bletchley Park in the UK had been waiting for. The details that needed to be broken were fed into Colossus, the huge electronic computer, designed and built by Tommy Flowers – one of the East End’s – and the world’s unsung heroes.

Tommy Flowers was born a few days before Christmas on…

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2 thoughts on “Tommy Flowers | The East End

  1. Still learning from this site, Sarah. I knew nothing about Tommy, as Alan Turing (understandably, I suppose given his sad life) gets all the attention. Nice to see more of the men behind the scenes, who undoubtedly altered the course of the war in favour of the allies.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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