Park - Home of the Enigma Machine
The world's first programmable computer and other technologies
we take for granted today were initiated at Bletchley
WW2 the German armed forces top secret codes were broken
at Bletchley Park, providing the allies with vital infomation
towards their war effort.
equipment displayed in the cases are all versions of
the German Enigma, as famous for its insecurities as
for the security that it theoretically gave to German
ciphers. It was broken, first by the Poles in the 1930s,
then by the British in World War II.
The British brought the Americans into the picture during
the war, and the Americans furnished many of the resources
to attack ever more complex versions of the Enigma,
especially the naval Enigma, when British resources
began to run thin. Information from the decrypted messages
were used by the Allies time after time to out-manoeuvre
German armies. Some ask why, if we were reading the
Enigma, we did not win the war earlier. One might ask,
instead, when, if ever, we would have won the war if
we hadn't cracked it.
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