British Turing Bombe ready for re-enactment -

British Turing Bombe ready for re-enactment

LONDON — Bletchley Park’s WW2 code breaking veterans are returning today to show how they cracked the Enigma code. The techniques are still used to counter terrorism today. The first time in 60 years it has been possible to stage a full demonstration using original equipment and people at Bletchley Park.

The event is in advance of a special weekend on September 23 and 24 when the commissioning phase will be launched to the public at the Churchill and Enigma Reunion Weekend. Special demonstrations by re-enactors in period dress will also be taking place.

Since Bletchley Park opened to the public as a museum a dedicated team of enthusiasts have been working on rebuilding a fully functioning British Turing Bombe. A task made more difficult due to the secrecy surrounding these machines for nearly fifty years. They have now completed the machine and starting the complex commissioning phase in preparation for the official opening by the British Computer Society in July 2007.

For the first time in 60 years it is possible to re-create the way the 'unbreakable' Enigma code was broken using functioning World War Two equipment.

The Bombe was the brainchild of mathematical genius’ Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman, combined with the engineering skills of the British Tabulating Machine Company in Hertfordshire. The machines enabled Bletchley Park’s Cryptographers to decode over 3000 enemy messages a day and turn the course of World War Two.

Turing’s work also paved the way for modern computer technology.

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