Enigma parts discovered

A set of cogs from the Second World War Enigma code-breaking machine has been discovered in a cupboard.

The three rotors were found at the Royal Navy training establishment HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire, in a cupboard used to store flags and other equipment.

At first Chief Petty Officer Craig “Blood” Read and Petty Officer Dan Powditch thought they were imitations. It is now believed the items were spares for an Enigma machine donated to the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) at Portsmouth in 1983.

The three rotors is to be reunited with the machine after being donated to the NMRN on Wednesday – the 71st anniversary of the Royal Navy’s first capture of a fully functioning Enigma machine.