How The Enigma Machine Worked

I listen to the Bletchley Park podcast and of course they have talked extensively about the Enigma machine used by the Germans (and others) to code and decode their messages during World War II.

However, listening to people talk about the machine, watch films about it, and even some attempts of explaining how it worked has never really had me grasp what the damn box actually did ... until the following video.

This is simply the best explanation of how the Enigma code and decoding works, all in simple, slow motion, with loads of repeats and times to stop and think. I could now build an Enigma machine, but what would be the point as nowadays you could (possibly) break the code in minutes.

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