Enigma: German Code Breaking
Sigaba: United States Air Force Code Breaking
Most Enigmas used three or four rotors and Sigaba machines used fifteen. Therefore, the ability to decipher Sigaba’s codes was practically impossible. This may have been the result of the age of the technology. The Enigma machine came out in 1918 and was used for banking purposes. Sigaba was invented twenty years later strictly for military usage.
Enigma relied on two operators. While one person entered the message the other copied down the letters. The Sigaba was quick and efficient requiring only one person to operate, collecting the small piece of tape with the message.
While both Allied and Axis forces believed their machines were unbreakable, only one proved to be, that being Sigaba.
By 1943, 10,000 Sigaba machines were in use and by 1959, the speed of technology demanded more advanced equipment. Most of the Sigabas were destroyed to protect their design from enemies. However, in 1996 the secret patent became declassified.
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