Eighty years ago this April, the first operational SIGSALY machine was built. Soon after, Selfridges of all places would have a direct line to the Pentagon
CHURCHILL AND ROOSEVELT WOULD MEET FACE TO FACE TO DISCUSS THE MAJOR POINTS OF STRATEGIC DIRECTION, BUT THEY AND VARIOUS SENIOR OFFICERS AND POLITICIANS NEEDED WAYS TO COMMUNICATE SWIFTLY AND SECURELY AT GREAT DISTANCE BETTMANN/GETTY
“The Germans employed listening posts, intercepting and breaking the A-3 scrambler with a simple oscilloscope”
The letter from President Franklin Roosevelt to Winston Churchill, recently named First Lord of the Admiralty, was congratulatory and struck a chord of co-operation. Indeed, it was a great step toward a partnership forged in opposition to the Axis powers that threatened the freedom of the world.