Enigma Cipher Machine
Despite an estimated 100,000 enigma machines manufactured during WW2, there are currently fewer than 200 known to exist today, with about 70 of these in private hands. Here is one of them, a 3-rotor Army Enigma machine, serial #A12760, made in Berlin in 1941. It is in original condition except for some newer varnish on the outside and everything works as it did 70 years ago. It has the German Army Waffenamt stamp on the lid and each rotor. Waffenamt means weapons office and this stamp is an eagle over swastika arms inspection stamp with the letters "Wa.A" for Waffenamt followed by the inspector #618. The rotors are from 3 other enigma machines and are serial numbered A3386 [I], A16411 [II] and A13529 [III]. The 3rd rotor is from an engima machine currently at the CIA museum in Langley, VA. Rotors IV and V are missing.
This enigma machine was used by the Nazis in occupied Norway and post-war by the Norwegian Police Special Branch (Overvaakingspolitiet). The Norwegians changed the wiring in the rotors and the reflector and also stencilled the "40." on the outside and on the battery box.
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