Rare Second World War footage of Bletchley Park-linked MI6 intelligence heroes emerges, shared online

Wow. Strictly not retro-computing, but related to the work done at Bletchley Park.

An astonishingly rare film documenting British intelligence personnel, linked to the code-breakers at Bletchley Park, has been released by the park’s trust, offering a glimpse of unsung heroes who helped win the Second World War.

The 11-minute silent film, a compilation of black-and-white and color clips from 1939 through 1945, depicts some of those who worked at Whaddon Hall, Buckinghamshire, England, for MI6’s communications group, known then as Section VIII.

The footage was handed to the trust in its original film canister by a donor who asked not to be identified. The trust asked World War II veteran Geoffrey Pidgeon, who joined Section VIII at the age of 17, to authenticate the footage. As documented in a video about the material – see below – Pigeon recognized his father, Horace “Pidge” Pidgeon, who also worked at Whaddon during WW2 providing radio gear for field agents.