Bletchley, United Kingdom

Bletchley Park Codebreaker Memorial

In July 2011 Queen Elizabeth honored the codebreakers and cryptographers of Bletchley Park when she unveiled this eight-foot tall monument, emblazoned with the words "We Also Served." The men and women (more than 9,000) who worked at Bletchley Park during World War II were responsible for decoding and deciphering countless messages sent by the Axis powers. They cracked the Enigma cipher, the more complex Lorenz cipher, and under their watch Colossus, the world's first programmable electronic computer, began operation. It's commonly thought that the work done at Bletchley Park shortened World War II by at least two years, but much of their efforts went unrecognized until the 1980s.

Bletchley Park Codebreaker Memorial