Friday, February 21, 2014

Enigma machine at the Franklin Institute

Back in June, the Spy exhibit at the Franklin Institute had a real live Enigma machine used by the Germans in World War II to encode their secret transmissions.  Lucky the Allies had broken the code and could read those transmissions.

You may recall that we had a chance to visit Bletchley Park, the place where the British and their allies worked on breaking the code, as a side-trip on a visit to London some years ago.

The instruction are in German, but are provided for the interested user.


Howard said...

You're not that far from the National cryptologic Museum at the NSA. That's where I saw an enigma about 20 years ago.

Richard said...

I always see the signs for that museum or at least the NSA when I drive on the Baltimore Washington expressway though I haven't gone yet. We got to see more of these machines and learn about the whole codebreaking story in WWII when we went to Bletchley Park on a trip to London a few years ago.