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Decoding Nazi Secrets (#2615)

By the summer of 1940, Hitler had conquered nearly all of Europe and surrender seemed only weeks away. But Winston Churchill had a secret weapon - the world's most curious military unit, known as Station X. In a converted English country mansion, crossword fanatics, chess champions, mathematicians and Egyptologists from both sides of the Atlantic gathered with a common goal - to break Enigma, the impregnable code machine that turned all German radio signals into gibberish. The saga of how Station X broke Enigma and helped turn the tide of the war is one of the most dramatic and least known stories of World War II. This program tells the full story of Station X, drawing on vivid interviews with many of the colorful geniuses and eccentrics who attacked Enigma. The program also features meticulous period reenactments shot inside the original buildings at Station X, including re-creations of the world's first computing devices that aided codebreakers. [116 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Science & Technology
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440 episodes
Average Episode Length
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