Bletchley Park opens U-110 Enigma exhibit
Today marks 70th anniversary of code-cruncher-carrying U-boat's capture
An exhibit commemorating the 70th anniversary of the capture of an Enigma machine and codebooks from a German wartime submarine has opened in Bletchley Park.
The exhibition contains photographs of the capture of the secret coding device of the U-boat 110 on 9 May 1941, as well as the first-hand account of the 20-year-old sub lieutenant who climbed into the U-boat to seize the documents and the factual material, providing a background to the story. Mercifully the much-derided Hollywood version of the story, U-571 - which featured Americans and not Brits capturing the device – doesn't get a look-in.
The exhibit also covers the story from the German side, with testimony from some of the U-boat survivors. Historian Hugh Sebag-Montefiore has added background material to provide context to the display.
The capture of the U-110 was crucial in breaking the naval Enigma code. Alan Turing and his Bletchley Park codebreakers were not at first able to break the naval Enigma code used by Germany's U-boats, but the capture of codebooks from U-110 provided vital clues that helped crack the code. ®
You mean it WASN'T the Yanks that captured the device???
Damn you to Hell, Hollywood. How DARE you produce an historically inaccurate film!! Next you'll be trying to convince us that Robin Hood can ride from the South Coast to the Midlands in an afternoon!
In the new Holywood version, the American demand a backdoor into Enigma, the Germans issue a DMCA take down notice against Bletchley claiming that it has copyright on the Enigma messages and Turing is arrested on made up charges of having sex with Swedish women
Who would be in Churchill's shoes?
Having to make the terrible decisions to let British cities be bombed in order to not tip off the Germans and them subsequently changing their codes.