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Enigma Reunion 2009
5-6 September 2009

On 5 and 6 September 2009, the annual Enigma Reunion was held at Bletchley Park (BP) in Milton Keynes (UK). Although the reunion is primarily intended for BP Veterans, such as code-breakers, WRENS, Y-Station Operators, etc., it also attracts enhusiasts, historians, collectors and additional visitors. It is always great to talk with eye-witnesses and hear their fascinating stories first hand.

2009 was a special reunion year, as it was the 70th anniversary of the arrival of code­breakers Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman at Bletchley Park on 4 September 1939. To commemorate the anniversary, the largest-ever exhibition of Enigma and other cipher machines was held during the reunion weekend of 5 and 6 September 2009.

Historians, government organisations, museums, private collectors and companies from all over the world, brought some of the rarest machines to Bletchley Park, to show them to the public. Some of them were disclosed for the very first time.
  

The exhibition was jointly organised by UK cipher machine collector John Alexander and The Bletchley Park Trust, and was sponsored by the British intelligence service GCHQ, who also brought a number of unique and rare cipher machines.

Crypto Museum was also present at the event with an extremely rare recently re-discovered Zählwerk Enigma machine from 1928, and a sophisticated 10-rotor Russian M-125 (Fialka) cipher machine.

The weather was good and thousands of visitors found their way to Bletchley Park that weekend. The exhibition was a great success and our Zählwerk Enigma even won the price for the best Enigma on display. On Sunday morning the BP veterans visited the exhibition and for some of them it was the first time they could actually touch an Enigma machine and see it in action.
  

The image above shows the exhibition tent during the veteran visit on Sunday morning. At the front right, Crypto Museum curator Paul Reuvers demonstrates the Zählwerk Enigma to a BP veteran and her son. More photographs below. We also have an overview of exhibitors.

Various activities and re-enactments on the grass in front of the mansion
The entrance of the exhibition tent
Inside the exhibition tent
Inside the exhibition tent
A nice row of Enigma machines. Check the rare G-111 (2nd from the front).
The Russian Fialka M-125 attracted a lot of attention.
A nice array of Enigma machines...
The exhibitors who contributed to the successful show.
Our good friends Heinz Blümberg, Klaus Kopacz and Tom Perera, inspecing an Enigma machine
A delegation of former East-German interceptors (NVA) working with the Russian Fialka machine
David White of Hut 1 showing some of his rare cipher machines
B-Block is now the home of a permanent exhibition of cipher machines
The Cottage at BP, where Turing broke the German Naval codes during WWII
BP veterans visiting the Mansion
The newly renovated Hut 8 with a great new exhibition
Some of the exhibits inside Hut 8
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Various activities and re-enactments on the grass in front of the mansion
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The entrance of the exhibition tent
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Inside the exhibition tent
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Inside the exhibition tent
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A nice row of Enigma machines. Check the rare G-111 (2nd from the front).
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The Russian Fialka M-125 attracted a lot of attention.
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A nice array of Enigma machines...
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The exhibitors who contributed to the successful show.
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Our good friends Heinz Blümberg, Klaus Kopacz and Tom Perera, inspecing an Enigma machine
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A delegation of former East-German interceptors (NVA) working with the Russian Fialka machine
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David White of Hut 1 showing some of his rare cipher machines
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B-Block is now the home of a permanent exhibition of cipher machines
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The Cottage at BP, where Turing broke the German Naval codes during WWII
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BP veterans visiting the Mansion
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The newly renovated Hut 8 with a great new exhibition
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Some of the exhibits inside Hut 8

Who was there?
Numerous Enigmas and other cipher machines were brought in for the event by collectors and organisations from all over the world. At the end of the reunion, on Sunday evening, pictures were taken of most of the exhibitors standing behind one of the finest collections of Enigma machines.


Click the image above for an enlargement and browse over the heads of each of the exhibitors to reveal their names. Alternatively, browse the Enigma machines at the front to reveal their model number and click on any of them for further information.


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