Mon 1 Jan 0001 - Thurs 27 Apr 2017, talks
Enigma machine, a portable encryption device widely used by the Germans. The allies devised techniques for ‘breaking’ Enigma ciphers and thus read several million German messages, providing a wealth of reliable intelligence...
This show by Dr Mark Baldwin, presents one of the Second World War’s most fascinating stories. The Allied Codebreakers, who deciphered a vast number of German secret messages, used the intelligence gained to hasten Allied victory. The Germans had entrusted their secret communications to an ingenious ciphering machine.
The Enigma was portable, easily operated, and could be set up in millions of ways as the codes used were changed every 24 hours.
Codebreakers – visually illustrated with slides
Mark Baldwin has given over 500 presentations on World War II codebreakers, Enigma, Bletchley Park and the History of Cryptography and over 70 presentations on Special Operations to audiences totalling over 50,000. He is the only person to be asked to speak on ‘The Codebreakers’ at London’s Special Forces Club, and on ‘Special Operations’ at Bletchley Park, home of the codebreakers.
He have been handling Enigma machines for longer than anyone in Germany’s armed forces and supplied the 4-rotor Enigma machine for use in the recent film ‘The Imitation Game.’
After the presentation the audience are invited to a rare hands-on practical demonstration of one of the few surviving Enigma machines.