Enigma

U-110 and HMS Bulldog lowering her whaleboat (left) David Balme on HMS Bulldog (right)

Lt.Cmdr. David Balme, captor of first Enigma, passed away

David Balme, the Royal Navy Officer who seized a top-secret Enigma machine and codebook while storming a captured German U-Boat has died at the age of 95. Lieutenant Commander David Balme, who died on Sunday, was credited with helping to shorten the Second World War by two years after he led the boarding party that raided U-110, east …

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Capture of U-570 and its Enigma Cipher Machine

The Germans used the Enigma cipher machine for their military communications before and during WWII. In August 1941, the British managed to capture an Enigma coding machine from U-570. The first and only U-Boat to be captured by an aircraft… On the morning of August 27, 1941, U-570 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Hans-Joachim Rahmlow was patrolling submerged about …

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Rare WWII German Enigma machine sold for £149,000

A rare German World War II Enigma encryption machine has been sold at Sotheby’s for a total amount of £149,000 (ca. $232,000), doubling the estimated price of £50,000 – £70,000. The auctioned Enigma was produced by Heimsoeth & Rinke in 1943 bearing serial number A16422. Its the second Enigma sold this year as in April another Enigma machine, manufactured in 1944, was …

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