Lorenz Teleprinter

1942–1945, Germany

Germany’s Enigma machine was complex. The Lorenz cipher machine was far more so—like Enigma wrapped in a riddle inside a mystery. This is a piece of the Lorenz. Five of its 12 rotors followed a regular pattern, and five were changed by the remaining pair. Lorenz also added seemingly random-generated letters to text. German High Command used Lorenz for its most important messages.