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The secret in Building 26 : the untold story of America's ultra war against the U-boat Enigma codes

Author: Jim DeBrosse; Colin B Burke
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Reams have been written about the success of the British "Ultra" program in cracking the Germans' Enigma code early in World War II, but few people know what happened in 1942 when the Germans added a fourth rotor to the machine that created the already challenging naval code - and tracking German U-boats once again became impossible. Joe Desch, an unassuming but brilliant thirty-five-year-old engineer at the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Joseph Desch; Joseph Desch
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jim DeBrosse; Colin B Burke
ISBN: 0375508074 9780375508073
OCLC Number: 52766186
Description: xxix, 272 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Building the perfect machine --
Guesswork, moxie, and just plain luck --
Miss Aggie's big blunder --
Toward an American Bletchley Park --
A giant leap --
and a step backward --
The Turing memo --
Troubles with Adam and Eve --
U-boats on the run --
The WAVES come aboard --
A well-oiled machine --
An enemy within? --
Triumph! --
New challenges --
and breakdown --
Burying the past.
Responsibility: Jim DeBrosse and Colin Burke.
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Reams have been written about the success of the British "Ultra" program in cracking the Germans' Enigma code early in World War II, but few people know what happened in 1942 when the Germans added a fourth rotor to the machine that created the already challenging naval code - and tracking German U-boats once again became impossible. Joe Desch, an unassuming but brilliant thirty-five-year-old engineer at the National Cash Register Company in Dayton, Ohio, was given the task of creating a machine to break the new Enigma settings - an assignment whose secrecy rivaled that of the atom bomb project, and that was perhaps just as daunting. Not only was Desch under unrelenting pressure to build the machine before the Battle of the Atlantic was lost, but because he was the son of a German immigrant mother, his own life was pinned under a microscope. The Desch Bombe, as the codebreaking machine was called, was a mammoth electromechanical marvel that stood seven feet high, eleven feet long, and two feet wide. Row upon row of commutator wheels imitated the rotors of the Enigma machine at extremely high speeds, attempting to crack the code. But an earthshaking scandal erupted late in 1943, when it was discovered that one of the engineers at NCR was in touch with German and Japanese embassies. This engineer and his wife were seized immediately, but the story of what happened to them has never been revealed until now. Joe Desch suffered a nervous breakdown from the pressure of his work; still, he was given the National Medal of Merit, our country's highest civilian honor. When he died in 1987, even his daughter had no idea how important his career had been to the Allied victory in World War II. The Secret in Building 26 brings Desch's story, and the entire story of the war against Enigma, to life. - Publisher.

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