Arnold Hargreaves Interview

On 9th May 1941, the German submarine U-110 was captured by the Royal Navy after becoming seriously damaged by attacks from HMS Aubretia, HMS Broadway and HMS Bulldog.

A boarding party from HMS Bulldog, featuring Buckinghamshire resident Arnold Hargreaves*, was able to strip the submarine of everything portable, including a Kurzsignale code book and Enigma machine. This allowed codebreakers at Bletchley Park to solve Reservehandverfahren, a reserve German hand cipher.

Watch this video to hear Arnold Hargreaves’ personal recollection of the event and his time spent in the Royal Navy during WWII.

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*Subsequent to this interview being conducted, Arnold Hargreaves sadly passed away on 15th October 2017, aged 100.

 

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