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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 May, 2005, 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
Enigma talk to commemorate VE Day
An Enigma machine
There will be the chance to handle an Enigma machine
People in Shropshire will get the chance to handle an Enigma portable cipher machine as part of a programme of events to commemorate VE Day.

Local expert Mark Baldwin, owner of several Enigma machines, is to display three at Ludlow Library on 17 May.

He will give a talk on code-breaking and demonstrate how the machines were used for decryption and encryption.

It is estimated that work at Bletchley Park to decipher Enigma's codes helped to shorten World War II by two years.

Their crucial efforts at The National Codes Centre in Milton Keynes were dramatised in the 2001 film Enigma.

Dr Baldwin is an expert on the work done there and has published several books on the subject.


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