|S6 4hr History
17 November 2016
School History S6 Syllabus:
Optional Theme - 6.4B Culture and Society before
The question I wanted to answer was
"How great was the influence of Alan Turing and
Bletchley park onto the war?" To summarize Alan Turing
had a great influence onto the length of the war but not
on the outcome. Expert on the topic of Alan Turing and
Ultra, like Sir Henry Hinsley and Jack Copeland, suggest
that they shortened the war from two up to four years.
Alan Turing played a major role in most of Bletchley
Parks achievements during the war. He was the one who
cracked the U-boat enigma, developed the Turing-Bombes
(even though Polish code breakers and other staff at
Bletchley Park did contribute to that) and developed
Turingery, the method to crack the Tunny messages.
Alan Turing is historically significant not only because
of how he influence the second world war but also how he
influences our world today, as his groundbreaking work
laid the basis for all modern computers. What makes him
even more interesting is the fact that only recently all
facts and documents were made available to the public.
It was not possible for Historians of the 20th century
to analyse him, so there is still work to do.
The method I used was Internet research and watching
documentaries. Some sources in the internet and media
are of course shaky, but there are some experts how do
maintain websites and appear in most documentaries about
Alan Turing. These are mainly Jack Copeland and Andrew
Hodges. This is where I was able to find reliable data.