AGM & Lecture: ‘Poles Apart’

at Church and Live-streamed via Zoom

The meeting starts at 7.30pm. Members only.

Lecture: Roger Yapp

This is the almost unknown story of three country houses where Polish wireless operatives, technicians and codebreakers played a significant part in the effort to ultimately win the Second World War. The story traces the journey of the main characters from Poland, through Kazakhstan, to Persia, Egypt, Scotland and eventually to villages near Hemel Hempstead, where they secretly worked to monitor enemy communications. Largely based upon the archives of Franek Rymaszewski, a young Polish radio operator, the story uncovers Hemel Hempstead‘s association with the cracking of the German Enigma codes, and dispels many local myths about what happened at three Hertfordshire country houses in the war.

Roger Yapp is a local historian and chairman of the Abbots Langley Local History Society. He is recently retired and worked as an IT Programme and Project Manager in the financial services industry.

To register for this event, please use our Eventbrite page. There is no cost for members; non-members £5.00 per ticket.

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