German divers who recently fished an Enigma encryption machine out of the Baltic Sea, used by the Nazis to send coded messages during World War II, handed their rare find over to a museum for restoration on Dec. 4.
The legendary code machine was discovered last month during a search for abandoned fishing nets in the Bay of Gelting in northeast Germany, by divers on assignment for environmental group WWF.
Naval historian Dr. Jann Witt from the German Naval Association believes the machine, which has three rotors, was thrown overboard from a German warship in the final days of the war.
It is less likely that it came from a scuttled submarine, he said, because Adolf Hitler's U-boats used the more complex four-rotor Enigma machines.
World Wide Fund for Nature.
Military submarines operated by Germany.
The destruction of enemy shipping by German U-boats was a spectacular feature of both World Wars I and II.