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Turing Bombe recreated

September 07, 2006 @ 09:06 By: gordon Category: Seen on the 'net

My friend Rob pointed out an article on the BBC’s website about a working replica of a Turing Bombe that was recently finished at Bletchley Park, aka Station X. People in England have been working for about ten years, building all the intricate pieces necessary to build one of the machines that helped crack the German Enigma code. They’ve finally finished and took the machine for a “test drive” yesterday and even had a couple of people who ran the originals under heavy secrecy in WW II.

I saw the machine while it was being built on my first trip to the UK in 2003. We visited Bletchley Park one day and saw the exhibits, including a real Enigma machine and the Bombe that was being built. You can see a couple of pictures I took of a non-working replica here and here.

2 Responses to “Turing Bombe recreated”

  1. Paul Tomblin says:

    Was it Bombe or Collossus that they have no plans or documents left, and have to basically rely on the memories of the people who used it or dismantled it?

  2. Gordon says:

    From what I’ve read, they dismantled the Bombes piece by piece and destroyed all the plans.