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Alan Turing and his machines - fresh insights into the enigma

Front of a ‘bombe’ code-breaking machine at Bletchley Park, 1943. The electromagnetic machines were used to determine the plugboard settings of German Engima machines. This involved multiple ‘bombes', piles of perforated papers and production lines of analysts to interpret the results.


Alan Turing Bombe machine (top) and the Christopher machine in the movie (bottom). See more pics at:


Bletchley Park, made famous during the Second World War as a code breaking centre. In early 1941, Bletchley Park was a base for training dogs to be used for insurgency purposes should Nazi Germany invade Britain. The Airedale Terrier was selected as the most suitable breed. Intelligent, easily trained and capable of navigating long distances unaided. Trained by the wives of Bletchley Park scientists. In a remarkable feat, the Airedales were taught to recognise targets.


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Photo of Bletchley Park, Bletchley, UK had three Bombe enigma machines in that worked to decode the Enigmas codes.


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