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The Enigma was an enciphering machine used by the Germans to send messages securely. Polish mathematicians, including Marian Rejewski, worked out how to read Enigma messages and shared this information with the British. At the start of the Second World War, the Germans increased its security by changing the cipher system daily. The Allies would have to find a way to break the code.
Drawing upon historians from Poland and the UK, discover how the breaking of the Enigma Code was an unparallelled episode of international cooperation. Its impact can be traced throughout modern history, from the Second World War onwards.
The panel discussion is hosted by the Director of the National Army Museum, Justin Maciejewski.
The event image is courtesy of the Bletchley Park Trust.
David Kenyon is responsible for historical research in support of all public content at Bletchley Park. His book Bletchley Park and D-Day was published by Yale University Press in 2019. A second book, Arctic Convoys, Bletchley Park and the War for the Seas, will be published in October 2023.
Jacek Tebinka is a professor at the University of Gdansk. He is the author of several books and has written numerous articles on Anglo-Polish relations, including the breaking of the Enigma Code and intelligence co-operation between Poland and Britain during the Second World War.
Sir Dermot Turing is the acclaimed author of Prof – a biography of his celebrated uncle, Alan Turing – The Story of Computing, and most recently X, Y and Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken. Sir Dermot is a trustee of The Turing Trust and a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford.
This event is kindly supported by the Polish Cultural Institute.