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Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2022 2:55 p.m. PST

Today, I visited one of my local museums in Newcastle upon Tyne, and saw an interesting exhibit about WW2 codebreaking.
I took some pics, if you are interested?

Please go to this: link



robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2022 3:17 p.m. PST

Thank you Herkybird! But--not so much the Enigma machine, as the settings. The Allies had effectively created their own Enigmas and Bletchley Park lived in terror of the field forces being known to have captured one, and so encouraged the Germans to use something else. But the daily settings for the four-rotor naval Enigmas were the very Devil to crack, and without the settings, having the machine itself did you no good. Fortunately, in order to stay in touch, a U-boat had to have the daily settings for the length of its voyage. So IF you could bring a U-boat to the surface, IF you could keep the weighted books from being cast over the side and IF you could reach them before the scuttled U-boat sank, you might get months worth of settings.

Makes for great novels, but tricky as games.

Zephyr119 Feb 2022 8:55 p.m. PST

There are internet groups out there that are still cracking unsolved Enigma messages (just with modern software. ;-) iirc they work in batches of 100 messages, and have had a lot of success.

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