However new to the Navy, this was hardly an idea which matched the finesse of 'sequential analysis'.
And as the translated decrypts passed down the teleprinter line to the OIC, they travelled back fifty years in time. Even after great improvements,
Winn still had fewer than half a dozen assistants.
They had to maintain an Atlantic plot on which were shown not only the latest estimated positions of all U-boats but also the positions and routes of British warships, convoys and independently routed vessels.
This of course was on top of their task of dealing with the minute to minute and hour to hour flow of incoming signals
concerning attacks, sightings, D/F fixes, and the queries from the Operations, Plans and Trade Divisions in the Admiralty, from Coastal Command and from headquarters in Ottawa, Newfoundland, Iceland, Freetown, Gibraltar and Cape Town.
The situation was beginning to resemble that in Room 40 in 1916 when only the most urgent matters could receive attention.
When the flow of decrypts began, Winn, partly for security reasons and partly because of shortage of staff, had to handle and file them all himself.
He had no shorthand typist, not even a confidential filing clerk.