BCS recognises achievement of code-breaking machine rebuild

1 April 2003

BCS has awarded a commemorative plaque to project manager John Harper of the BCS Computer Conservation Society, to mark the continuing success of the British Bombe Rebuild Project.

The rebuilt British Bombe The British Bombe was a code-breaking device used in the Second World War to decipher the codes produced by the German Enigma machines. It is thought that breaking the enemy's line of communication shortened the war by almost two years.

Awarded £20,000 by the BCS Member Services Board's Designated Fund, the project began in 1995 with the aim of creating the Bombe from scratch, as no original survived the war. Extensive detective work, in the UK and America, was required before enough information could be collected about the construction and functionality of all the elements of the machine.

Commemorative plaque being presented to John Harper The almost rebuilt machine can be seen in the original Bombe room in Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, where teams of code-breakers worked throughout the Second World War. The rebuild pays tribute to their work as well as to the Bombe designers and manufacturers who were never officially acknowledged due to the secrecy involved.

Work still continues on the Bombe rebuild project and contributions are still needed to ensure the completion. For anyone wishing to make a contribution or to find out more about the project, please visit the Computer Conservation Society website or call John Harper, Bombe Rebuild Project Manager 01462 451970.

For further information please contact the BCS Press Office.