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American Artifacts: Making & Breaking Secret Codes

WWII German Enigma machine, used by Nazis for coded messages

WWII German Enigma machine, used by Nazis for coded messages

Fort Meade, Maryland
Sunday, April 27, 2014

American History TV visits the National Cryptologic Museum - located on the campus of the National Security Agency, just north of Washington, DC - to learn about the making and breaking of secret codes, and their role in U.S. history. This two-part program includes a look at the breaking of the German “Enigma” code and the Japanese diplomatic and naval codes in World War II. 

Updated: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 8:28am (ET)

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