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Old 24th April 2018, 16:46
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SS Enigma?

Did the Waffen SS or General SS units use Enigma machines for communications?
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Old 24th April 2018, 18:29
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Re: SS Enigma?

Yes they did.
For example here’s a paper talking about decoding SS enigma messages:
http://cryptocellar.org/pubs/bgac.pdf
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Old 25th April 2018, 03:54
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Thanks so much Orwell!! Great stuff.
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Old 25th April 2018, 09:47
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Re: SS Enigma?

The German intelligence services used it too, as did the Reichsbahn apparently.
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Old 25th April 2018, 11:53
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Re: SS Enigma?

Hello John,
As you have heard, yes they did. Like all German users they had different models at different times, so different approaches were taken by those on the Allied side working to read it.
Was it a general question or did you have a particular time and place in mind?

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Yes, the Reichsban did as well.



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Old 26th April 2018, 14:30
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Re: SS Enigma?

Just to add that Waffen-SS material is mixed in amongst the Army and Luftwaffe decrypts whereas the intelligence services' traffic is in separate file series (e.g. HW 16).
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