Secret WWII code machine from Germany found on eBay
A World War II-era machine used to send personal messages between Hitler and his generals by encrypting plain German text into secret code has been found on eBay for 9.50 pounds!
Volunteers from the UK’s National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park used eBay to track down the historic teleprinter for the Lorenz cipher machine languishing in a shed in Essex.
It was advertised as a telegram machine and was for sale for 9.50 pounds. “My colleague was scanning eBay and he saw a photograph of what seemed to be the teleprinter,” said John Wetter, a volunteer at the museum in Buckinghamshire.
He then went to Southend to investigate further where he found the keyboard being kept, in its original case, on the floor of a shed “with rubbish all over it”. “We said ‘Thank you very much, how much was it again?’ She said ‘ 9.50’, so we said ‘Here’s a 10 note - keep the change!’” the BBC reported on Sunday, quoting Wetter.