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Honour for wartime codebreakers
Bletchley Park stately home
Bletchley Park was the nerve centre of the code breakers
The wartime veterans who worked at the intelligence nerve centre where the Enigma code was cracked are to receive lottery-funded commemorative medals.

The breaking of the code at Bletchley Park is thought to have saved tens of thousands of lives during the war.

Historians see it as the greatest success in the history of cryptography.

The award of 19,000 was made on Tuesday as part of a 7.3m joint funding initiative from the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The scheme - Home Front Recall - provides grants to fund activities across the UK to commemorate the part played by those on the home front during the war years.

Bletchley Park Trust director, Christine Large, said: "National codes centre Bletchley Park's commemorative medals project will bring together codebreaking veterans and young people keen to learn about their top secret wartime work."

Enigma was the cornerstone of German military and intelligence communications.

It was partially cracked in 1939 with the help of a team led by Cambridge mathematician Alan Turing.

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