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Spanish newspaper El País last week tracked down 26 examples of Franco's "secret weapon" against Republican forces in the country's civil war - a cache of perfectly-preserved Enigma machines hidden for years in a "gloomy office" in the army's main headquarters in Madrid. Nationalist forces led by Franco acquired their first …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Enima Market finally Crashes

    looks like the 2nd hand market price of these things finaly took a hit, much like the world economy.

    i wonder how long it is before someone twigs that these machines were knocked up in a factory in china, as a exotic get rich quick scheme...

    Mines the one with made in PRC stamped on the bottom... but in encrypted format

  2. Anonymous Coward

    Is this how they discovered...

    that Franco rigged the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest, robbing Cliff Richard of his victory?

  3. Mister_C

    Just searched Spain's tat bazaar.

    18 lots, no code boxes


    maybe next week

  4. Andy Barber

    @ AC

    This was an act of kindness to prevent Cliff from winning!

  5. chris

    Cbsdfmpob ufumqipof fydibohf

    There was me thinking that Stalin was Franco's secret weapon in the Civil War.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    After the war, the British kept secret their ability to routinely crack the Enigma and sold the Enigma as a commercial high-strength encryption system.


  7. Secretgeek

    Yes but...

    ...can they run Crysis?

    Half way out the door already.

  8. Anonymous Coward

    26 enigmas ?

    That's 2 Elgars in SI units.

  9. Anonymous Coward

    26 enigmas? (part deux)

    Actually they found 27, but one is the Enigma which I will not explain.

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