Thursday, October 30, 2008

Glen Miranker Speaks to Barn Gang

From the November Report by John Bosch

By any measure an expert would claim that it was virtually impossible to solve the Nazi secret code.
Glen Miranker, VP Research, Ret. for the Apple Corporation gave a comprehensive technical presentation of The Enigma Machine: How Dayton Cracked the Code. Glen began by talking about the origin of the Enigma machine as a commercial product in the late 1920’s from which several models were developed for the German military. The M4 (model 4) with an additional forth cyphering wheel was the most sophisticated and was used by the German navy. To put some perspective on the task of solving the problem, Glen mentioned that the number of solutions possible for breaking the German code in a single message would exceed the number of atoms in the universe. With the staggering losses of ships early in 1942 meetings were set up between the English and the United States to review the status of code breaking. On September 4, 1942 NCR was given a cold start to design and build code-breaking machines with Joe Desch in charge. Incredibly, the first machines were shipped just eight months later in May 1943. They weighted 5000 pounds and were 10’ wide, 7’ high and 2’ deep. A total of 96 were built. The machines worked extremely well and gave the allies the benefit of decoding German messages soon after they were sent. Debbie Anderson, daughter of Joe Desch, made the introduction.

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