Operation Bletchley: Cairo 2022 is now closed.
Thank you so everyone who took on their mission and supported ABF The Soldiers' Charity this July, your support has been fantastic. Fundraising stays open until the end of August so please keep sharing your page, and get that sponsorship rolling in.
Operation Bletchley will be back in the winter, launching in late 2022 - we hope to see you there!
If you would like to keep up to date with future missions and launch dates please register your interest here.
What happens next?
Fundraising closes on the 31st August 2022. We'll soon be posting out medals, t-shirts, pin badges and any other fundraising incentives you haven't yet received. We'll be starting this in early September.
30 MILES: 10 CODES: THE HEAT OF THE DESERT.
1- 31 July 2022
A 30 mile challenge to capture enemy agents, and identify a leak in British intelligence before it's too late...
Calling all Secret Agents.. We need you to take on Operation Bletchley: Your physical and mental Codebreaking Challenge.
Your mission is to cover 30 miles on foot, travelling across Cairo in it's blistering heat. Track down an enemy agent and identify who has been leaking British Intelligence before the Nazis figure out Enigma has cracked their coded messages and change their codes - that would be a disaster, starving Britain and shutting down our factories.
Your mission starts on 1 July 2022, and you have until the 31 July to crack the codes and deliver the final message to Winston Churchill before your time runs out.
With three levels of codes; junior, codebreaker and cypher expert to tackle, get the whole family together this summer - do you have what it takes? Sign up now!
How it works
Operation Bletchley: Cairo is a challenge event that you can take part in anywhere in the world. Here’s how it works...
- Sign up for just £10 and link your phone or fitness tracker to your fundraising page (you can also record your miles manually if you prefer)
- Start walking at your own pace (from 1 July 2022)
- Receive updates and codes to crack after every three miles completed - three levels are available - Junior, Codebreaker or Cypher Expert
- Solve the codes to decipher the hidden message
- Complete the journey and deliver the message by the midnight on 31 July 2022.
It’s July 1942 and the outcome of the war is balanced on a knife edge. Since the bombing of Pearl Harbor before Christmas, the Americans have well and truly joined the fight. But with the fall of Singapore in the East and the Japanese threatening to storm British India, there are dark days yet to come.
The Germans were pushing hard to reach Moscow, but the Soviet resistance and freezing temperatures slowed them down. It seems the Nazis weren’t ready for ‘General Winter’ – but the fight is far from over. General Paulus’s troops have dug their heels in at Kharkov and the Soviets now face a brutal counter-attack.
In the Mediterranean, the Germans are racing to secure their sea routes from Europe to North Africa. Greece and Crete have already fallen, but Malta still stands strong. As a reward for their gallantry, the island was given the George Cross by King George VI in April.
Which brings us to the desperate situation in Africa. General Rommel’s troops seized Tobruk on 21 June 1942, and the Desert Fox now hopes to take Egypt and secure the Suez Canal. Some Egyptians are even conspiring with the Germans and Italians, so we’re being forced to detain any civilians from Axis countries until we have a handle on things.
But it isn’t enough. Too many are free to spy on the Allies, and someone is now leaking British intelligence from Egypt. To make matters worse, we’ve just received word that a top German agent is on their way to Rommel’s headquarters.
The top brass have taken an interest, so now we need our own pair of boots on the ground… Yours. You’ll go undercover to gather intelligence and crack codes to track down the leak in Egypt. And you’ll need to do it all on foot to avoid detection. Temperatures will be treacherous, but we trust that you’re up to the challenge. Churchill wants you to report back to him directly, so get cracking, Agent.
The difference your generosity can make
£50 - could help cover travel costs so a veteran can attend a job interview.
£75 - could go towards the cost of a temporary wheelchair ramp, allowing an injured soldier to enter and leave their home.
£250 - could contribute towards the care home fees of a frail elderly veteran who requires continuous care.
£1000 - could help pay for home adaptations so that a veteran’s young disabled child can live in a safe and accessible environment.
Sponsor a friend
Find the fundraising page of someone already taking part in Operation Bletchley.