The im­pact on the war

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Ger­many used the Enigma ma­chine for all sorts of com­mu­ni­ca­tions. This in­cluded se­cret in­for­ma­tion about its mil­i­tary plans. Crack­ing the Enigma codes meant the Bri­tish mil­i­tary could keep Bri­tish ships away from Ger­man ships, and pre­dict where Ger­man planes might bomb. In­for­ma­tion gath­ered from these codes was nick­named Ul­tra, and was top se­cret. How­ever, not every Ger­man at­tack could be pre­vented, be­cause then the Ger­mans might guess that their codes has been cracked. As a re­sult, some at­tacks that could have been pre­vented still went ahead.

Win­ston Churchill (left), the UK’s wartime leader, in 1940.

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