German divers found Enigma encryption machine at the bottom of the Baltic

Submariners from Germany have discovered the famous World War II encryption machine "Enigma" at the bottom of Helting Bay in the Baltic. After rising to the surface, the apparatus went to the restoration. The head of the archaeological bureau of the land of Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) Ulf Ikerodt assured that the unique machine will be restored.

According to him, taking into account a long stay - more than 75 years - in sea water, the restoration of the device may take about a year, then it will become a museum exhibit.

German Naval Association specialist Yann Witt believes that the Enigma with three rotors, found by divers, was thrown overboard a German warship in the final days of the war. A more sophisticated version of the encryption apparatus was installed on the submarines - with four rotors. To preserve the secrecy of the transmitted information, the code for them was changed daily.

However, despite this, a team of British mathematicians led by Alan Turing managed to crack the Enigma code in 1941, which later allowed the Allies to intercept and decipher radio messages about all the maneuvers of the German troops. According to Western historians, this helped to shorten the duration of World War II by two years.