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I Forgot to Tell You I Broke That Awhile Ago

Germany having no clue their ciphers were practically useless during the First World War was genius on behalf of British Intelligence. Britain, haven broken their cipher and not allowing Germany to know had turned out well for the Allies because it discouraged Germany from creating a new cipher. In my opinion, it made sense for  […] Continue reading

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How the Poles Helped the Allies Win the War

(http://derekbruff.org/blogs/fywscrypto/2017/10/09/factors-of-victory/) In this post, the writer describes what he calls “factors of victory” which were the outside components that helped the Allies crack the Enigma cipher and ultimately win the war. In the post, he says that the original Polish work on Enigma that was eventually given to the British played a role in helping […] Continue reading

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Reasons contributed to the fallen of Enigma

In the blog post (http://derekbruff.org/blogs/fywscrypto/2017/10/08/the-allies-teamwork-against-the-germans-human-error/), the student proposed an interesting idea that the Allies’ teamwork and creativity outcome the German’s general traits of procedural and rigid. I voted for creativity in the class research on TopHat which asked what trait is more important for figuring out an encrypted message. Cryptography or figuring out encrypted messages […] Continue reading

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The Allies’ Resource Allocation

In his blog post (http://derekbruff.org/blogs/fywscrypto/2017/10/09/not-a-single-factor-is-responsible-for-the-allied-success/), the student argued that besides the overconfidence of the German, the strength of the Allies’ code itself contributed to the breaking of the Enigma code. I thought this was a very interesting viewpoint and never considered this before. The surprising usage of the Navajo language as military encryption proved to be […] Continue reading

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Why did the Allies succeed in cracking the Enigma?

While most people only credit Alan Turing for cracking of the Enigma, it is important to recognize the critical role that Marian Rejewski in paving the way for the Allies’ success. In the early days of the war, Rejewski along with the Polish Cipher Bureau were able to identify that each letter in the ciphertext […] Continue reading

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Not a Single Factor is Responsible for the Allied Success

Although Singh argues that the primary reason that the Allies had success over the Germans in the cryptographic war, I believe that this simplifies the argument way too much. While undoubtedly the Germans were overconfident in the security of the Enigma machine, this was only a problem when they became lazy and began to repeat […] Continue reading

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Too Much to Lose

Although German overconfidence played a major role in the success of Allied cryptanalysts, there were many other factors at play. One of the most significant reasons for Allied success was that the Allies had much more to lose. Initially, Marian Rejewski cracked Enigma because the threat of a German invasion of Poland was extremely high. […] Continue reading

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Two Steps Forward and One Step Back

While German overconfidence in the strength of the enigma machine was partially responsible for the downfall of the cipher, many other reasons also influenced this ultimate collapse of German enciphering. I think that another main reason that the enigma was able to be broken lies in the fact that the enigma itself was simply a […] Continue reading

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A Boost of Motivation

The mindset for the Allies had changed between the First World War and the Second World War. After their success in cracking Germany‚Äôs ciphers in the First World War, the Allies felt like that could crack anything Germany tries to … Continue reading Continue reading

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Fatal Flaws

Photo Credit: david.nikonvscanon via Compfight cc   Although the Enigma machine at first seemed nearly impossible to decode, eventually the Allies successfully were able to get breakthroughs in the machine and finally solve the Enigma machine. A major reason for … Continue reading Continue reading

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