Captain George Scovell
Posted by Galleon on August 29, 1998 at 18:53:30:
Julian Paget, Wellington's Pensinsular War, p.235, writes that "[Wellington] had Captain George Scovell of the 57th, who was a brilliant cryptographeer and regularly broke the French cyphers, particularly the Great Paris Cypher, so that Wellington knew the contents of messages from Napoleon as well as local plans." I have come across a mention of a Sir George Scovell in The Spanish Bride - the chapter relating to Waterloo, unfortunately I don't have the book right now, but I remember Scovell as being ADC or some such thing to Wellington. I'd be surprised if Captain GS and Sir GS were different people. Does anyone have further information on Scovell? More particularly, is there something I could read on cryptography in the Peninsular War?
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