Enigma, a glimpse at WW2 code breakers

Enigma is a 2001 British film about the Enigma codebreakers of Bletchley Park in World War II. The film, directed by Michael Apted, stars Dougray Scott and Kate Winslet. The film’s screenplay was by Tom Stoppard, based on the novel Enigma by Robert Harris.

Enigma is also the name of this fantastic and unique mechanical encryption machine crafted by the German to cypher their military communications during WW2. German HQ was using it globally, but more specifically to communicate with their submarine fleet in northern Atlantic, assigned to interdiction missions preventing US convoys to reach English shores. It took all the genius of several code breakers gathered in a top secret facility in North London to crack Enigma’s secrets, and to decipher German communications thanks to Alan Turing‘s thinking machines. The story of the English code breakers has been kept secret for more than 30 years after the war, and it’s fair to say that their contribution has been key in winning the War, and that their work has probably saved millions of human lives.

The movie is rather enjoyable and gives a good idea of the achievements of the Enigma code breakers.


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