As many of my friends and colleagues know, my wife is now the Executive Director at the Computer Museum of America in Roswell, GA. CMoA has one of the largest collections of computer artifacts in the world. And now they’ll be unveiling one of their most interesting exhibits. The Enigma. It was used by the German military during World War 2 to send encoded messages. It was considered unbreakable. However, the British Government’s Code and Cypher School, located at Bletchley Park, built machines (or Bombes) that could decode Enigma messages fast enough to make a difference. Bletchley’s key asset was Alan Turing, a gifted mathematician who designed the British Bombes. When the Germans employed 4 rotor Enigmas, the Americans (NCR) created even faster machines that could decode messages in time and stop transatlantic submarine warfare leading to D-Day and the Allied victory. It is estimated that the Bombes created by Turing at Bletchley and NCR in the USA shorted the war by 2 years. Even more, Enigma was considered so sophisticated that it was kept secret by the Allies until the 1970’s.
Below is the press release for the event. Buy your tickets here and join the unveiling on March 19th of 2020.