Obituary: Mavis Batey, Enigma Code Breaker – Played Large Role in D-Day

with the Abwehr Enigma machine in 2004 Photo: IAN JONES

Mavis Batey, with the Abwehr Enigma machine in 2004 Photo: IAN JONES

According to The Telegraph, a UK Newspaper, “Mavis Batey, who has died aged 92, was one of the leading female codebreakers at Bletchley Park, cracking the Enigma ciphers that led to the Royal Navy’s victory at Matapan in 1941.

She was the last of the great Bletchley ‘break-in’ experts, those codebreakers who found their way into new codes and ciphers that had never been broken before.

“Mavis Batey also played a leading role in the cracking of the extraordinarily complex German secret service, or Abwehr, Enigma. Without that break, the Double Cross deception plan which ensured the success of the D-Day landings could never have gone ahead.”

Read more at the The Telegraph’s site, and see You Tube interviews. Learn about her background story and find out how she came to become a spy and code breaker.   It’s quite the story!

One Response to “Obituary: Mavis Batey, Enigma Code Breaker – Played Large Role in D-Day”

  • Omega Paladin:

    It’s funny, that because she was fluent in German, she thought the allies might use her as an overseas spy, seducing German officers into spilling secrets. Instead, she was too smart for that, so they put her behind a desk cracking codes. Thanks to her, they learned of a planned ambush on an allied fleet and instead ambushed the would-be Italian ambushers. She was a hero.