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Vintage cypher machines gather at Bletchley

LONDON — Over 70 previously top-secret vintage cypher machines from all around the world will join the German Enigma exhibit for the 70th anniversary of the work done at Bletchley Park.

The machines will be arriving from museums and private and government collections including the U.K.'s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the U.S. National Cryptologic Museum and military museums in Scandinavia and Europe. Some of the machines have never before been publicly shown in the U.K., such as the Enigma KD, Swiss K, T and other interesting machines that are still under wraps until this event opens.

Based on the same general principles, these Enigma models were developed for specific purposes and users: the Enigma T was made in Germany for the Japanese to encipher messages but only a few ever arrived at their destination, as many were intercepted or destroyed in convoy by the allied forces; Enigma K was an early commercially available version – originally the Enigma machine was designed for the banking industry and only later put to military use by the Germans.

“We are extremely privileged to be hosting this event with the support of GCHQ,” said Simon Greenish, director of the Bletchley Park Trust. “It promises to be an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see such a large number of the world's incredibly rare cypher machines in one place. The fact that we will also be in the presence of so many of Bletchley Park's exceptional wartime veterans will make it a truly phenomenal occasion.”

Other highlights of the event on Sept 5 and 6 will be talks by VIP guest speakers, a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast by a Lancaster on the Saturday, a World War Two RAF plotting table, World War Two re-enactors and the opportunity for the children to have a go at making and breaking codes in Spy Workshops.

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Bletchley Park website

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