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A genuine Enigma machine at The Spring

21 January 2015

On Thursday 30 July, Dr Mark Baldwin will give a talk at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre featuring a hands-on demonstration of one of the very few surviving Enigma machines.

One of the Second World War’s most fascinating stories is that of the Allied Code breakers, who deciphered a vast number of German secret messages and used the intelligence thus acquired to hasten Allied victory. The Germans had entrusted their secret communications to an ingenious ciphering machine, the Enigma; it was portable, easily operated, and allowed for millions of combinations, with the codes changed every 24 hours.  The Allies gained invaluable information about troop and aircraft dispositions, orders of battle, U-boat movements, technical development, military intentions and tank and artillery strengths. It is generally reckoned that the intelligence from Enigma shortened the war by about two years.

Dr Mark Baldwin has made a detailed study of the Enigma machine, and the work of the Bletchley Park code-breakers.

The talk will take place at 8.00pm, and tickets cost £14, or £12.60 for concessions. Please book your tickets early, as demand is expected to be high. To book, please contact the Box Office on 023 9247 2700.