The Secret in Building 26

The Secret in Building 26

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For the first time, the inside story of the brilliant American engineer who defeated Enigma and the Nazi code-masters Much has been written about the success of the British a€œUltraa€ program in cracking the Germansa€™ Enigma code early in World War II, but few know what really happened in 1942, when the Germans added a fourth rotor to the machine that created the already challenging naval code and plunged Allied intelligence into darkness. Enter one Joe Desch, an unassuming but brilliant engineer at the National Cash Register Company in Dayton, Ohio, who was given the task of creating a machine to break the new Enigma settings. It was an enterprise that rivaled the Manhattan Project for secrecy and complexitya€“and nearly drove Desch to a breakdown. Under enormous pressure, he succeeded in creating a 5, 000-pound electromechanical monster known as the Desch Bombe, which helped turn the tide in the Battle of the Atlantica€“but not before a disgruntled co-worker attempted to leak information about the machine to the Nazis. After toiling anonymouslya€“it even took his daughter years to learn of his accomplishmentsa€“Desch was awarded the National Medal of Merit, the countrya€™s highest civilian honor. In The Secret in Building 26, the entire thrilling story of the final triumph over Enigma is finally told. From the Trade Paperback edition.But it was aa€œmustanga€ Parker, a€œHow OP-20-G Got Rid of Joe Rochefort, a€ pp. ... How Desch felt Debbie Desch Anderson interviews, November 2000. ... Bombe Correspondence, a#39;From London, July 27, 1942, a#39; CXG 550, Following from TRAVIS, a#39;Drawings on way, a#39; and August 2, 1942, Eachus/Ely, a#39;full wiring diagram on way.

Title:The Secret in Building 26
Author:Jim DeBrosse, Colin Burke
Publisher:Random House - 2004-04-20


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