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Message forms
Enigma message sheets

Before and during WWII, many different types of message sheets or forms were used for writing down plaintext, encrypted and decrypted messages as they were sent by means of the Enigma cipher machine. Below is a non-exhaustive overview of the messages that were in use at the time. Most of the forms can be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking the image.
 
Funkspruch 884 34 II D   A4
The form below was issued in 1934 and was commonly used for taking down Enigma messages and other messages within the German Army (Heer and Luftwaffe). It is printed with blue ink on yellow-ish recycled wood-based paper. It is suitable for writing down 5-letter groups at both sides and has three perforated holes at the left edge.

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Standard A4 message form of 1934


 
Funkspruch OD 10.39   A4
This form was issued in October 1939, just after the outbreak of WWII, and is nearly identical to the one above, except that a slightly different Fraktur typeface was used. This probably caused by the fact that every printer at the time had its own Fraktur typface.

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Standard A4 message form of 1939


 
Funkspruch Klinke & Thiele 5.41   A4
The form below is from May 1941 and was printed by Klinke & Thiele. Is has a different layout than the more common ones above and feature yet another Fraktur typeface. The text is printed in green on yellow-ish recycled wood-based paper and the form has three perforations at the left. Furthermore the lower edge of the form is pre-perforated and can be ripped-off.

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Standard A4 message form of 1941


 
Schlüsselzettel Kriegsmarine (4)   A4
This was the most common message form used by the German Navy (Kriegsmarine). It is suitable for taking down messages as 4-letter groups and is printed in red and black ink on wood-based paper, by Janecke in Hannover. Multiple pages were stapled together as a message block, which is why each page has a pre-perforated edge at the top. Each page has two large perforation in the left margin. The message sheet shown here was recovered from a sunken U-Boot.

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Most common naval message form for 4-letter groups


 
Schlüsselzettel Kriegsmarine (5)   A4
This is a special type of message form that was issued on 1 January 1940 for use by the German Navy (Kriegsmarine). It suitable for taking down 5-letter groups, which were less popular in the Navy that the more common 4-letter groups.

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Alternative naval message form for 5-letter groups


 
Funkspruch   A5 blau
For convience in the field, a smaller version of the most common message form was provided in DIN A5 format. Like its 'big brother' it is printed with blue ink on recycled wood-based paper and is suitable for taking dow 5-letter groups. The release date of this type of form is unknown. The forms were supplied as a block with a perforated tear-off edge at the top.

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Small message form at DIN A5 size


 
Funkspruch O/0432.X.41   A5 grün
Another small version of the message form was issued in October 1941. It has the same DIN A5 size, but has a different layout, nearly identical to the green A4 form above, albeit with the typical Fraktur typeface of the blue A5 forms. This type of message sheets were supplied as a block that was glued at the top.

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Small message form at DIN A5 size


 
Funkspruch Ln.-Nr. 36083   A5
This form type is different from the ones above and was used by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe). It is printed with black ink on recycled wood-based paper and does not feature the typical Fraktur typeface, which suggest that it was issued relatively late in the war.

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Luftwaffe message form at DIN A5 size


 
Funkspruch   A5 landscape
The form below is completely different from the ones above. It is printed with a Fraktur typeface in black ink on recycled wood-based paper and consists of two parts: an A5 (horizontal) message form and a receipt at the top, with a pre-perforated tear-off edge in between. The form is suitable for taking down 5-letter groups.

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A5 message form with tear-off receipt


 
Schlüsselvorzettel 9.41 1977 F/0329   A5
The small form below is a so-called Schlüsselvorzettel (Key Note) that had to be attached to a deciphered message. The form was probably used by the navy (Kriegsmarine) as the table is suitable for 4-letter groups, which were more common with the Kriegsmarine.

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Key Note for naval message forms


 
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