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A Secret Presidential Thank You To Britain's Wartime Codebreakers

A confidential letter from Dwight D Eisenhower thanking the codebreakers of Bletchley Park for the "Countless American and British lives"...

A confidential letter from Dwight D Eisenhower thanking the codebreakers of Bletchley Park for the "Countless American and British lives" they saved during the Second World War is to go on public display for the first time.
 
The letter (pictured above) from Eisenhower, who would go on to become the 34th President of the US, was to the wartime Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, Sir Stewart Menzies. It had previously been on the office wall of the head of MI6.
 
In the letter, dated 12 July, 1945 Eisenhower expressed his "heartfelt admiration and sincere thanks" to those who worked on Bletchley's Word War Two intelligence operation.
 
He added that their work had been "Of priceless value to me" and had "contributed to the speed with which the enemy was routed and eventually forced to surrender."
 
Former head of MI6, Sir John Scarlett said:
"I was proud of this letter but only came to appreciate the full significance of Eisenhower's words after taking over as Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust."
The Trust say the letter will now take pride of place at Bletchley where "It will be seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors every year."
 
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