It was in the autumn of 1941 that the cryptanalysts finally rebelled against the administrative system.
As one of the very few who had the vision, it fell to Alan Turing to force the British government into the modern world.
He and the others broke all the rules by writing directly to another man who knew how to break all the rules, and who now had the power to change them:
Secret and Confidential
Prime Minister only
Hut 6 and Hut 8,
21st October 1941
Dear Prime Minister,
Some weeks ago you paid us the honour of a visit, and we believe that you regard our work as important.
You will have seen that, thanks largely to the energy and foresight of Commander Travis, we have been well supplied with the 'bombes' for the breaking of the German Enigma codes.
We think, however, that you ought to know that this work is being held up, and in some cases is not being done at all, principally because we cannot get sufficient staff to deal with it.
Our reason for writing to you direct is that for months we have done everything that we possibly can through the normal channels, and that we despair of any early improvement without your intervention.
No doubt in the long run these particular requirements will be met, but meanwhile still more precious months will have been wasted, and as our needs are continually expanding we see little hope of ever being adequately staffed.