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To Bombe an Enigma (by Alex)

by on June 21, 2015

Today, we visited Bletchley Park. In order to get there, we had to take National Rail, which was a surprisingly good experience. The train from Euston was very fast, and a smooth ride. Once we got there, we started the self-guided audio tour. The tour included information about the Lake, Mansion (where operations started), Huts (where operations expanded), and finally we saw a reconstruction of the machine that broke the Enigma code, the Bombe. If you don’t know what Enigma is, it is a machine that used encrypted radio connections to communicate within the Nazi army. It worked with a code for the day. As you typed, it encrypted the message, and sent over the radio. The allies biggest help to breaking the code, was when a person sent a 4,000 character message, and the person asked him to repeat the message again. At this point, all messages were hand decoded. Alan Turing tried to make a machine that would find the code, as the Allies had an Enigma. Since Alan was not good at engineering, another company made the decoding machine. America also made some. Of course, the messages were re-encrypted and sent to Winston Churchill. Seeing it was cool, but I personally don’t think I would go back. We then took the train back to the apartment, and left for dinner. We went to an Italian place that was really good. This is what we did today.


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