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Secure? So you thought…

World War II was a well choreographed ballet of air raids, land advances and U-boat attacks that required coordination across nations. The element of surprise was vital for successful attacks; maintaining secrecy in communications was absolutely crucial in winning the war. Because there were so many operations all across the globe involved in one of […] Continue reading

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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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The Logic of Codebreakers Beat Enigma

In the novel The Code Book, Singh argues that German overconfidence in the strength of Enigma was a primary reason why the Germans did not win the war. According to the blog post, “Never Become Lazy and False Genius During War”, the author, Naiksj, suggests that the laziness of the Germans and the way that […] Continue reading

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How Far Can Motivation Take You?

In the post titled “The Allies Work Better Under Pressure,” the author argues that the Allied success in breaking the Enigma cipher was in large part due to the pressure to defend against the German offensive.   He says that the threat of invasion and loss of lives motivated the Allies to put more of their […] Continue reading

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Diversifying to Succeed

In the post Not a Single Factor is Responsible for the Allied Success (http://derekbruff.org/blogs/fywscrypto/2017/10/09/not-a-single-factor-is-responsible-for-the-allied-success/), the author argues that simply reducing the intelligence victory of the Allies to German false confidence is a great mistake. I agree with the authors assessment as it is fact that a war is won on many fronts, not just one. […] 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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How did the Allies in the World War II decipher the German Engel code?

Enigma began to be used in commerce in the early 1920s and was adopted by the military and government of some countries. Among these countries, the most famous was Nazi Germany during the Second World War. The German version of the German Defence Force Enigma used in Germany is the most frequently mentioned version. The […] Continue reading

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Why Some Intel Should Remain Secret

Prior to the publication of Winston Churchill’s The World Crisis and the British Royal Navy’s official history of the First World War in 1923, the Germans were completely oblivious to the fact that their encryption system had been compromised.  Since Admiral Hall managed to make it seem as though the unencrypted version of the Zimmermann Telegram […] Continue reading

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Ethical? Necessary.

In the movie “The Imitation Game,” there is a scene that Alan Turing and his team deciphered a message indicating that there is going to be an attack on the British Navy. After celebrating for finally able to beat the Enigma Machine made by Germany, they calmed down quickly and decided not to present the […] Continue reading

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Necessity and Usability

The primary factor favouring the advancement of military cryptography is when a country realizes their war efforts have been compromised due to the lack of strong encryption. For example, Arthur Scherbius’ Enigma machine was unpopular with the German military prior to the publishing of the histories of the First World War as written by Winston […] Continue reading

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