Thursday, December 4, 2014

TIME Magazine: Enigma. Poles Had Nothing To Do With It.

The Dec. 1 - Dec. 8 2014 issue of TIME magazine features three separate articles that reference Alan Turing's work on Enigma during World War II. The cover image is of Benedict Cumberbatch playing the part of Alan Turing in a new movie. Unless I missed it, none of the three articles about Turing and Enigma even mentions in passing the Poles' work on Enigma. 

If you'd like to read about the Poles' work on Enigma, you can find a guest blog post on the topic here.


  1. This is the first movie I have seen for years, Did not particularly want to go but Jackie and the Captain did, so I went along. It was OK. There is one mention of Poles - one sentence that went something like this: "It (Alan Turing's machine) is based on the Polish one, but much improved."

    At least there was no Polish "Nazi" villain gratuitously inserted, as I understand there was in the Hollywood version.

    The movie did distort the truth though - insofar as anyone can know what the truth about WW2 is nowadays - as it seems that Alan Turing's sexual orientation was not something he hid, it was well known to the authorities, and so there was no question of his being blackmailed into covering up for Soviet spies because of it. yet that was alleged in the movie.

    So - apart from that, Mrs Lincoln - it was - i don't know what to say about it. Benedict Cumberbatch and the young lad who played the young Alan were very good. I can say that. And Poles were not the villains!! We were not the villains!!!! For that I can give it 10 out of 10.


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