Robert Stack (January 13, 1919 – May 14, 2003). Born in Los Angeles, CA, but spent most of his childhood years in Europe. Served as a Navy gunnery officer during WW II. Discharged a LT. Best known for his role as Eliot Ness in The Untouchables. Here he teaches Lana Turner how to salute. October, 1944
Alan Turing, master cypher and mathematician, leader of the team that broke the Enigma code, inventor of the first large scale computer and originator of the basic principles of artificial intelligence. Blackmailed into admitting his homosexuality, convicted and chemically castrated in 1952. Suspected suicide 1954. Born 100 hundred years ago, June 23rd this year.
"Pam" c.1944 MI5 staff member pictured on beach. This ordinary looking snapshot was taken and planted as part of a complex WWII intelligence plan known as Operation Mincemeat. The intention was that this photograph would make other documents secreted with it seem more authentic. These documents, passed on to German agents after they were found on a body washed up on the coast of Spain (planted by British intelligence) suggested that the Allies were not planning an invasion of southern…
Great British Inventions - Electronic Programmable Computer (1943). Built & designed by brilliant Post Office engineer Tommy Flowers, the Colossus arrived at Bletchley Park to crack the complex German Lorenz cipher. Constructed using 1,500 vacuum tubes, the Colossus was the first truly electronic, digital and programmable computer. Sadly for Flowers, the technology was reserved for military intelligence and remained top secret – with every Colossus machine dismantled after the war.