How did the Germans not know that the British cracked Enigma?
I’d put it in the same thought line Indy quoted about Stalin in a recent episode, not an word for word so forgive me for that, but when the future of the country you rule depends on it NOT being what it seems. Personally I think they probably did know or were at best fairly confident it was, but what could you do at that point? Add more rotors as before? Thank you for your time.
Very good question:
1 I think we have to keep in mind that this is the 1940s, this is a time when very very few people had computer skills and thus didn’t know much about hacking this systems as well. For example the Bletchley Girl of 94 who gave my tour group a presentation course received a Steno diploma and letter of employment. She didn’t know any Steno so was fired from her first post-war job. HOWEVER, once she started working for a computer company (I think Sperry) she was seen as a complete genius. She could not answer were she learned that.
2 The Germans never used acronyms like modern weather messages like the TAF or METAR There easy to look up. They used words like “WESSERVORSAGE” (I might misspell this here). Notice that there are 3 E’s and 3 S’s. As this was always on the same place it gave a headstart when decoding.
3 The Allies were not stupid and only used young UK girls who are great with logic. These girls had no military training, handled a very compartementalized and could not be blackmailed by foreign family. Most never knew what to did until the 1970s,
4 Not to mention National Socialist saw themselves as Ubermenschen (superhumans) in the non-Nietzchean way. The blabla our code is unbreakable…untill a young kid comes along
If you ever get to Bletchley park, it is one of the best museums in the World and offers tons of info.
Germans thought themselves too smart/advanced for us lower beings plain and simple