In 1942, Churchill crisscrosses North Africa and the Middle East and confers with Stalin in Moscow-logging much of the 200,000 miles he would travel during the war, under constant threat from assassins and Axis aircraft. In one instance in Algiers, General Dwight D. Eisenhower resorts to deception to keep Churchill safe. Written by
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This episode details the probable reason for the mysterious death of famed, beloved British actor & co-star of Gone With the Wind, Leslie Howard in 1943, as the unintended consequence of intentional counter-intelligence aimed at protecting the Prime Minister and preserving perhaps the most secret of secrets of WWII - the cracking of the German Enigma codes by Britain - from being discovered by the enemy. Thus, the mild-mannered Mr. Howard became an unintended hero of WWII; a status so secret, however, that it could not & would not be revealed to the world for 62 years. The secret of the cracking of the codes would not be told to the world until 1975, 30 years after the war, at which time it came as a huge shock most of all to the Germans. The role Mr. Howard's death played in preserving that secret would not be pieced together & that story told until 2005 when this program was produced, 60 years after the end of the war & 62 years after the deadly incident took place. See more
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In 1974 the secret of Ultra was revealed: How British cryptoanalysts at Bletchley Park had broken the German Enigma-codes and been able to supply Winston and a select few of his top commanders with a stream of top-secret German messages. Throughout the war Churchill was desperate to protect this secret.