Making the Enigma ciphers for the film "Enigma"
Codes and Ciphers
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The German Army signals.
The other part of the plot of the film involved Enigma signals sent from
a German army unit on at the Western Front. This army unit had found a
mass grave in a forest.
Tony had to invent the series of Enigma settings for three or four days.
The code name for these signals was "Kestrel". With the help of a German
speaking member of the film production team Tony generated a series of
texts which were then enciphered on an actual army Enigma machine.
When these texts had been enciphered the resultant signals were printed
on to the tele-printers as if they had come from an intercept station.
These were the signals which Kate Winslet then had to decrypt using the
army Enigma machine first in the Barn and later in the Cottage.
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