Web sites related to WW2 cryptology
Note: It’s always sobering to check for broken links, and I’ve found that this page had its share. If you should hit a dud, please (a) be patient; (b) consider using Google to find the correct link and (c) drop me an email so I can refresh the link.
Links last checked March 2019. You can also check the Notes and Sources page.
Essential background information
- Documents specific to the American Bombe posted by Frode Weierud
- Information about the Battle of the Atlantic posted by the Mariner’s Museum of Newport News, Virginia
- This week I received a tip to look at Important People of WWII at the True People Search site. The selection of people listed is interesting and helpful background; a listing of sources might have given folks places to read more about them. There’s always wikipedia. Thanks to Chris, and teacher Jane Ziegler.
In particular, see …
- The Information Age : The Smithsonian Exhibit where the US Navy Bombe made its first public appearance
- For some reflection on the Information Age: 5 Myths About the ‘Information Age’
The role of cryptology in American history:
- NSA Cryptologic Heritage
- The National Cryptologic Museum
- And it follows, the National Security Agency , heir to the technologies developed at the US NCML.
- New to the NSA History site: Index and online copies of many of their publications
- Naval Security Group Command , descendent of Op-20-G (NB: COMNAVSECGRU was disestablished 29 Dec 2005. Those former commands are now renamed Navy Information Operations Commands. For more information, please see this web site.)
- Navy CT History , the “unofficial” web site, preserving the history of the Naval Security Group Command and the worldwide CT community.
- Background on the US Navy’s cryptologic efforts in the Far East: The Empire is Listening , published in the Journal of the Australian War Memorial.
The birth of the Digital Age, as powerful computers come on market post-war (a new section due to a heads up from teacher Ton Coner and student Megan)
I.E.E.E. History Center interviews with 7 of the NCR personnel who worked on this project
Background information about the Medal for Merit
Information about the U-boat wars
- U-boat Archive.net
- The Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool England
- Naval-History.net/Preserving Naval History Research and Memoirs
The pioneering work of the British at Bletchley Park, and Bletchley’s relationship with the US:
- Index to Frode Weierud’s CryptoCellar a site of varied and extensive information.
- The Official Site of the Bletchley Park Trust –updated and loaded with new information.
- Codes and Ciphers in the Second World War , hosted by Tony Sale
- A section of The Alan Turing Internet Scrapbook, Alan Turing as UK-USA link, 1942 onwards: Hands Across the Sea
- The Alan Turing Archive
New: The admirable and now successful efforts of the Bletchley Park Trust not only to save Bletchley Park but educate the public about the Park’s heroic efforts during WW2
- BCS Bombe Team receives Award
- John Harper, Leader of the Bombe Rebuild Team receives Honorary Fellowship of BCS” Bletchley Park News.
- Enigma replica ‘homage to heroes’ BBC News.
- Engineering award for legendary Enigma-busting kit John Harper, from 1995 to 2006, led a Computer Conservation Society team rebuilding a working World War II Bombe decryption device. On 6 September 2006, John Harper and the rebuild team first demonstrated the working Bombe in action
Information about the ground-breaking work on cracking the Enigma accomplished by Polish cryptanalysts early in the War:
- An essay on machine ciphers and their solutions by Chris Christensen, which outlines the Polish efforts
- The Enigma Machine; History of Solving , hosted by Lech Maziakowski
Sites dedicated to our veterans:
- The Navy Memorial Foundation
- The U.S. Naval Cryptolgic Veterans Association
- The U.S. Navy Historical Center
- Women in Military Service for America Memorial
- WAVES National , a site I highly recommend to families researching a member’s service record.
For a glimpse at Dayton’s role in international cryptologic history, visit the web pages of the Dayton History
- Among their assets is the immensely valuable NCR Archive
Would you like to learn more about codes and ciphers, encrypt a message, or learn more about tubes and circuits? decrypt other ciphers? tackle Enigma itself?
- Enigma replicas , site belonging to a good friend, JIm Oram, restorer of Enigmas for museums and collectors, with volumes of information about versions of the Enigma. Jim also is devoted to the Graveyard of the Atlantic
- Elonka’s List of Famous Unsolved Ciphers and Codes
- Another look at methods of Enigma decryption
- The home page of a web site (somewhat technical) by Jerry Proc, of Ontario Canada, devoted to Crypto Machines .
- The Dutch Crypto Museum , a virtual museum sponsored in the Netherlands. Included is a list of Enigma simulators available for different operating systems (Windows, Perl, etc.)
- and how to build your own: Learn about the Enigma machine . Get a Kit to build your own!
- Something different: learn about the RCA Selectron , the Radar Tube “the tube that changed the war”
Excellent background information based on primary sources:
- Best of History Web Sites
- A long scroll but loaded with links: World War II Resources
- An excellent reference with a misleading name: Hyperwar; a Hypertext History of World War II
- Site sponsored by the History Department at Ohio State University: E History
- A good bilbiography page: ULTRA bibliography