Code Girls

Code Girls

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  • In September of 1940, before the start of World War II...
  • Genevieve Grotjan cracked a code mechanism known as the twenties. This helped code breakers like her to break codes from the Japanese "Purple" Machine.
  • Secret Letters were sent to college women across the country. No one else could know anout the job: the girls had to be secretive.
  • After The Attack on Pearl Harbor, America had to prepare for war. A team of cryptanalysts, especially women, had to be made.
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  • At Arlington Hall, Japanese codes were intercepted so that America would be prepared for any Japanese plans.
  • After the women completed cryptanalysis training, they were sent to Washington DC, where they would decipher codes.
  • War was a trying time. For the lack of personnel, Dot had to teach all of the listed classes.
  • Some cryptanalysts were school teachers. This woman is Dorothy Braden. (top center)
  • 11th grd English 12th grd English 1st year French 2nd year French
  • Ancient History Civics Hygiene Calisthenics Advanced Physics
  • Finally, she quit. In search of another job, Dot was invited to Washington DC to be a cryptanalyst.
  • On June 7th of 1942, the Japanese had a devestating defeat at the battle of Midway.
  • Before then, the cryptanalysts deciphered a code that said that the Japanese were going to be at "AF". After a cunning test, they found that AF stood for Midway.
  • This was a major turning point of the war.
  • On D-Day, June 6th of 1944, the code breakers worked tirelessly, breaking and translating codes.
  • There was excitement: this day was of utmost importance! But they worried, what's happening to the allies?
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