“X, Y & Z” — Polish Codebreakers Paved Way for Alan Turing to Decrypt Enigma (Today’s “Planet Earth Report”)

Alan Turing’s crucial unscrambling of German messages in the Second World War was a tour de force of codebreaking. From 1940 onwards, Turing and his team engineered hundreds of electronic machines, dubbed bombes, which decrypted the thousands of missives sent by enemy commanders each day to guide their soldiers. This deluge of knowledge shortened the war.

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