Good day! Happy new year to all my readers world wide!!
Second world war remains the biggest global war ever fought in this world so far which involved virtually any part of the world in 1939-45.Finally as we all know the axis powers-Germany, Italy and Japan were defeated by the Allies-France, Great Britain, United States and the Soviet Union. Did any single event during the course of the war can we pin point as the reason for the defeat of the Axis forces? Probably not ,but many historians believe to the extent that cracking of 'Enigma' secret code of the Germans by the British was the single most important victory of the Allied forces- a secret the British kept as top secret not only from the Germans and Axis powers but even from The Allies, own partner countries!
The word Enigma in English means puzzle, mystery or riddle. The Germans invented an encryption machine in 1930s to send coded secret messages and suitably named it as 'Enigma'. The Germans thought it as 'undecodable' under all circumstances, the way the British once thought 'unsinkable' when the Titanic was built and launched! The Americans, Russians and the French all considered such a machine invented by the Germans was invincible!
Bletchley Park with a huge mansion in the country estate of 550 acres located at Birmingham shire, north of London is a museum now. But it was once the secret home of code breakers during WWII. Again we hardly know about Alan Turing, a very bright mathematician who played a major role in decoding of 'Enigma' at Bletchley Park...The mystery which was kept as top secret by the British for 50 years even after the war!
Anti climax...of a person who saved 14 million lives during the war!
I am sure that British Government will shower more and more accolades on Alan as years go by, though what has inflicted to him cannot be withdrawn !!It is something like how Nobel Foundation smartly sidelined the greatest peace lover of the modern world Mahatma Gandhi, though nominated at least eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize, now making futile efforts to make good what wrong had been done!!