Congratulations Capt Jerry Roberts MBE

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Today, Captain Jerry Roberts was presented with his MBE medal by the Queen at an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace for his services to Bletchley Park and codebreaking.

Capt Roberts was a founder member of the Testery which deciphered the Lorenz encrypted communications between German High Command during World War II. These were the most complex German ciphers and Jerry was a linguist who performed codebreaking by hand. Then in the winter of 1943/44, Colossus Mk I, designed by Tommy Flowers, arrived at Bletchley Park to speed up the codebreaking.

Now 92 years old, Capt Roberts is a regular visitor to TNMOC and was at the opening of the Tunny Gallery in May 2011. He has already expressed his pleasure with the progress of the new Colossus gallery.

Below are two clips of Capt Roberts, the first praising Flowers, Tutte and Turing and regretting the fact that they are not more widely recognised. In the second he explains the difference between the Testery and the Newmanry which worked in partnership together at Bletchley Park during World War II.

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