On the finish of World Conflict II, the Germans ordered all Enigma cipher machines destroyed. Across the similar time, Churchill ordered all Enigma cipher machines destroyed. Add just a few many years, neglect the efforts of Polish codebreakers, and make a film about Alan Turing and an offensively traditionally incorrect love curiosity, and you’ve got a mystique round these uncommon, progressive cipher machine.
On the Classic Pc Competition East, I used to be privy to what’s most likely the biggest assortment of Enigma machines on the planet. The exhibit comes from [Tom] and [Dan Perera] of Enigma Museum. Proper now, they’re they solely place the place you’ll be able to exit and easily purchase an actual, wartime Enigma machine. The value? Nicely, there may be a pair of million-dollar Apple I boards at VCF. The Enigmas go for a few fifth of an Apple I.
Most Enigma machines have been destroyed on the finish of the struggle by essentially the most expedient doable means. This might imply throwing the machines right into a lake, into a hearth, or just capturing them. Nonetheless, there are just a few survivors, however most look one thing like this:
Fortuitously, [Tom] and [Dan] restore Enigma machines. Their bread and butter comes from repairing battlefield finds, bringing them again to operational situation, and promoting them. Sure, it’s quite a lot of work, however with the worth these items fetch it’s value it.
Considerably surprisingly, rotor-based code wheel know-how didn’t cease advancing in 1945, and the Enigma Museum has the machine to show it. There have been two post-war Enigma-ish machines additionally on show, one from the Swiss, and one from the Soviets.
The Swiss NEMA cipher machine was first produced in 1947 and used by means of the chilly struggle. This machine used 4 rotors and improved the Enigma design by irregular stepping of those rotors. This machine may be linked to a teletype machine.
The Soviet efforts to reverse engineer the Enigma machine resulted within the M-125 Fialka cipher machine. This machine used ten rotors, with adjoining rotors handing over reverse instructions. The Fialka was utilized by all Warsaw Pact international locations till the collapse of the Soviet Union.