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>> It's credited with helping to shorten World War II by about two years. Now scientist have created a virtual 3D replica of the inside of the Enigma Machine. It was used to decode Nazi messages during the conflict from 1939 to 1945. Researchers at the University of Manchester took around 1,500 separate X-ray radiographs of the iconic structure.
And this is the result, a virtual 3D replica of the enigmas in the mechanics. The x-ray images give a detail look at the individual wires and pins which connects to 26 letters to each of three routers. They enable messages to be encrypted. Themed British mathematician Alan Turing and the team of code breakers deciphered about 3,000 German military messages a day.
The latest work on Enigma took place inside the Alan Turing Building at the university, which is dedicated to his legacy. Turing and his team's work at Bletchley Park, a secluded house outside London, only became public knowledge in the 1970s. The mathematician was unable to take credit for his work, as he killed himself in 1954.
Two years earlier, he was stripped of his role at Manchester University after being convicted of gross indecency for having sex with a man. Homosexual sex was illegal in Britain until 1967. In 2013, though, Turing was granted a rare royal pardon.