German divers have presented a World War II Enigma encryption machine that they found in the Baltic Sea to a museum. The underwater team initially thought the cipher device was an old typewriter.
During the war, Allied forces worked relentlessly to decrypt the codes produced by the Enigma machine, which were changed every day, to gain vital details about German troop movements.
Ulf Ickerodt, head of the state archaeological office in Germany's Schleswig-Holstein region, said the machine would be restored by experts at the state's archaeology museum.
The delicate process, including a thorough desalination process after seven decades in the Baltic seabed, will take about a year. After that, the Enigma will go on display at the museum.
An encryption device used to protect commercial, diplomatic and military communication.
The Enigma machine was invented by the German engineer Arthur Scherbius at the end of World War I.