We had heard what was inside this enclosure, but now we found out. First, there was a sign inside the fence next to the buildings.
The capture of the USS Pueblo in January of 1968 had great future significance for United States intelligence. Much of the encryption and decryption equipment was confiscated by the North Koreans.
This changed the future of American spy equipment and software. Of course, this was unknown to us in April of 1968 when we were finishing Signal School.
The Pueblo incident can be read by clicking HERE.
This pretty much shows why the M209 was so efficient. Lightweight, small, portable and sometimes battery powered only, it fit the bill on many different levels.
From the Crypto Museum, this version did not have a motor.
With the wheels removed, this shows the exposed M209.
Photo from commcenter-2.net
Here's another closeup of the spinning wheels removed from the M209.
With the lid open, and from a distance, the M209B was an impressive cipher machine.
Finally, the M209B is shown up close.
The Man From Dayton
From the Crypto Museum
This is the famous American Bombe code breaking machine which helped crack the German Enigma codes and lessen German U-Boat effectiveness..
The British Bombe
The Allies had their own code breaking machines. In fact, it's fairly common knowledge, we discovered that the Japanese codes were broken before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Take a look at the British Bombe. Think of the heat from the tubes these machines produced. Click HERE.