The Polish Brains Behind the Breaking of the Enigma Code Before and During the Second World War

  • Elisabeth Rakus-Andersson


The German Enigma encoding machine and the contributions of famous cryptologists who broke its code are still topics that fascinate both scientists and the general public. After the monarchy of Kaiser Wilhelm II fell, the Weimar Republic came into being and the idea of equipping the German armed forces with machine ciphers was already being realized by 1926. Enigma alarmed the general staffs of neighboring countries, especially Poland and France. This chapter describes the efforts of cryptanalysts who solved the mystery of Enigma during the 1930s before the beginning of the Second World War.


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  • Elisabeth Rakus-Andersson
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  1. 1.Blekinge Institute of TechnologySweden

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