Divers in the Baltic Sea recently discovered an intact Enigma machine. Looks like the discovery was in November, but it made the news yesterday when they turned the device over to a museum. The divers were searching for discarded fishing nets, and they initially thought it was an old typewriter. Fortunately one of the divers was a maritime archaeologist, Dr. Florian Huber, who recognized the device.
The Enigma machine may have been tossed overboard following a German order to scuttle about 50 U-boats prior to their surrender in WWII. The encryption devices were generally tossed overboard prior to scuttling, to separate them from the ships, along with codebooks bound with lead weights so that they would sink to the bottom of the sea.
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Dr. Florian Huber | Die Enigma aus der Ostsee
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