NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 17, 1977
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(Studio) Most would say atomic bomb best kept secret of World War II, but is in reality secret operation called Ultra, through which Allied forces intercepted highest level messages sent by German general staff and decoded them.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(London, England) (Films of Normandy invasion shown.) Hitler would have been shocked to know how much Allied forces knew of German situation during Normandy invasion. Thru its Public Records Office, documents re: German coded messages, which British deciphered, are being released by British. Decoding was made possible by Enigma, machine Germans used to code messages thruout war; British got machine through Polish intelligence in early 1940. Impt. of documents to history and to historians noted. [Historian Patrick BEESLY - notes military men often take credit for brilliant intuition, when in fact, intelligence information was given to them.]
REPORTER: Paul Cunningham