Cribs For Victory

The Untold Story of Bletchley Park's Secret Room

by Joss Pearson


Cribs For Victory is a posthumous account of the secret code-breaking process in Bletchley Park’s Fusion Room during World War II by Major Neil Webster, one of the key members of the team involved.  The Fusion Room was the central unit where decrypted German messages obtained from Hut 6 were compared with the corresponding data extracted by the log readers from the daily radio traffic between enemy stations, thus enabling a complete wartime picture of the enemy order of battle to be constructed.

Neil Webster’s liaison role between traffic analysis and cryptography meant he was centrally involved in the search for ‘cribs’ – short pieces of enciphered text where the meaning is either known or can be guessed, allowing the whole cipher to be broken. His book describes this intensive search in detail, the intellectual and technical challenge, the personal stories, the setbacks and the triumphs.

Rights Information

World rights available.


"Essential reading for anyone interested in the the relationship between signals intelligence and cryptography." Asa Briggs, History Today

Author Biography

Joss Pearson is known in the publishing world as founder of Gaia Books, the international co-edition publishing house, famous for such books as The Gaia Atlas of Planet Management, The Natural House Book and James Lovelock’s Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine. An Oxford scholar, she has worked in publishing all her life, from Hamlyn to The Open University and Macmillan to Dorling Kindersley. Joss founded Gaia Books in London in1982 and in Stroud, Gloucestershire in 1990, Gaia Media and The Gaia Magazine in 1991.


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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: March 2016
  • English
  • 9780955954184 / 0955954185
  • Paperback
  • Primary Price: 8.95 GBP
  • Pages: 160
  • Polperro Heritage Press / Polperro Heritage
  • Readership: General
  • Publish State: Published
  • Page size: 24 (233x155) cm
  • Illustration: Yes
  • Reference Code: BDZ0012904518