The Enigma machine was a revolutionary device that has a storied history.

Learn More about How Enigma Works

To learn how the enigma works, visit our machine in person or visit our friend Dirk Rijmenants' website.

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Learn more about Enigma's Encryption Capabilities

Check out this Youtube video about the Enigma machine by Numberphile to learn more about its encryption capability.

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Historical Background

The enigma machine was a cryptography device used by the Axis powers during World War II. Because of its complicated encryption algorithms, the Germans considered enigma code unbreakable, and for a long time it was. Eventually though, brilliant mathematicians at Bletchley Park invented the Bombe machine to crack the code. Alan Turing's invention of the bombe machine is often considered the begining of modern computing.

Photos of the M2946

One of our team members got to work at a museum with an Engima machine this summer. Enjoy these pictures of her holding pieces of the M2946 - the Enigma machine recovered from the wreck of the U-85.

Want to Learn More?

If you'd like to learn more about the Enigma machine and it's history, check out some of these resources.