Station X

Station X

Decoding Nazi Secrets

Book - 1999
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In 1939, the first of several hundred people -- students, professors, chess players, military officers, actresses, and debutantes -- quietly reported to a Victorian mansion outside London. This became "Station X", the Allies' top-secret center for deciphering enemy codes.

Their task was to break the ingenious Enigma cipher, used by the Nazis for their high-level communications. The settings for the Enigma machine changed continually. The Nazi operators had 159 quintillion (159 followed by 18 zeroes) possibilities from which to choose.

This gifted group achieved the impossible. Not only did these people shorten the war by years -- they were essential to the victories in the Atlantic and North Africa and to the planning of the D-Day landings -- Station X was also the birthplace of the world's first programmable computer and the successful Anglo-American intelligence partnership.

Publisher: New York : TV Books, c1999
ISBN: 9781575000947
1575000946
Branch Call Number: 940.5486 Smith
940.5486 Smith
Characteristics: 247 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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