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History, Lost

In his classic WWII memoir Between Silk and Cyanide, the late Leo Marks makes two or three references to a paper he wrote in or about 1944 called “Ciphers, Signals, and Sex”, which apparently investigated how the FANY volunteers at Bletchley Park – all women, mind you – could be prevented from making so (comparatively) many mistakes during “that time of the month”, a biological imperative that the then-young Mr. Marks apparently little understood.

If Marks is to be believed, Ciphers, Signals, and Sex was one of the few documents attributable to Marks himself which survived in SOE’s archives after the war. (Some estimates put the percent of SOE wartime records lost over the years as high as 85%.)
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