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TITLE
Their Past, Your Future 2009: Part 6 - Codebreakers
EXTERNAL ID
TPYF_2009_PART06
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
SOURCE
The Highland Council
ASSET ID
41474
KEYWORDS
World War II
2nd World War
Second World War
interviews
education
codebreaking
enigma

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These interviews were conducted by school pupils as part of a 'Their Past Your Future' project.

Jean Sargeant was interviewed by pupils of Helmsdale Primary School. She talks about her father, Thomas Poulson, who was from Helmsdale. He was the school Dux and studied maths at Edinburgh University before going on to join the RAF Volunteer Reserve. At the same time the codebreaking operation was being set up at Bletchley Park and Thomas Poulson was recruited as a codebreaker. The RAF recruits were made sergeants but with all the privileges of officers. Sgt Poulson followed the Front Line decoding messages to the troops as well as intercepting German codes.

After the war the people involved in the codebreaking were sworn to secrecy for 30 years and even after this time Sgt Poulson rarely spoke about his war experiences.

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Their Past, Your Future 2009: Part 6 - Codebreakers

2000s

World War II; 2nd World War; Second World War; interviews; education; codebreaking; enigma

The Highland Council

Their Past, Your Future 2009

These interviews were conducted by school pupils as part of a 'Their Past Your Future' project.<br /> <br /> Jean Sargeant was interviewed by pupils of Helmsdale Primary School. She talks about her father, Thomas Poulson, who was from Helmsdale. He was the school Dux and studied maths at Edinburgh University before going on to join the RAF Volunteer Reserve. At the same time the codebreaking operation was being set up at Bletchley Park and Thomas Poulson was recruited as a codebreaker. The RAF recruits were made sergeants but with all the privileges of officers. Sgt Poulson followed the Front Line decoding messages to the troops as well as intercepting German codes. <br /> <br /> After the war the people involved in the codebreaking were sworn to secrecy for 30 years and even after this time Sgt Poulson rarely spoke about his war experiences.