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Wilhelm Tranow

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ww2dbaseWilhelm Tranow was a WW1 veteran. In 1935, he broke British Royal Navy's 5-digit code. During WW2, he was the head of section IIIF of group III (also known as Beobachtungsdienst or B-Dienst) of the German Department of Naval Intelligence. Under his leadership, his section successfully intercepted and deciphered various British naval codes, leading to the successful interception of many Allied convoys.

ww2dbaseSource: David Kahn, Seizing the Enigma

Last Major Revision: Sep 2015

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» Enigma Code Broken

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» Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-Boats Codes, 1939-1943

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