The Enigma Machine

By Alys Lloyd

What is The Enigma Machine?

An Enigma machine is used for the encryption and decryption of secret messages. The Enigma was invented by a German inventor at the end of World War. The early models were used in the early 1920s, and where adapted by military and government services before and during World War 2. Several different Enigma models were produced, but the German models where the ones that where most commonly used.

What was the Enigma used for?

The Enigma was used to create secret codes. Aswell as this, it was also used to crack secret codes and messages. In world war one the German's used these machines to send unrecognisable messages to each other which could not be cracked with out a correctly wired Enigma machine. Bletchly park in England was made to try and crack these codes.