C0026

Three ciphered telex messages from the SMS Schleswig-Holstein
Title
Three ciphered telex messages from the SMS Schleswig-Holstein
Production date
1939
Additional Title information
Three ciphered telex messages sent from the battleship the SMS Schleswig-Holstein to an address in Kiel, Germany. Accompanied by extensive unencrypted correspondence.
MATERIAL(s)
Paper.
Type
Document
DIMENSIONS
Various
Serial number(s)
3248, 14806, 036.
Contributer(S)
Dabis (surname)
COLLECTION NUMBER
C0026
CONDITION
Good.
Category / Subcategory (if applicable)
Location
Main collection (Durham, UK).
STATUS
In storage
provenance
Purchased from a German dealer.
Acquisition Date
Dec 2020
Associated object(S)
Record Last Updated
Aug 20, 2022
DESCRIPTION
A collection of three ciphered telex messages (on Mainenachrichtendienst and Deutsche Reichspost message forms), as well as documents and letters dated between 1937 and 1942. The ciphered messages were sent by a radio operator (with the surname 'Dabis') on the German battleship the SMS Schleswig-Holstein, and much of the other correspondence was sent from Germany, Venezuela, Cuba, England and Haiti. A four leaf clover has been preserved between the pages of one letter.
Notes
A separate ciphered telex message sent from the same sender to the same recipient was found in 2017 by Tobias Schrödel and featured in an article by Klaus Schmeh: 'Who can decipher this encrypted telex from a famous battleship?' (2 Sept 2017). https://scienceblogs.de/klausis-krypto-kolumne/2017/09/02/who-can-decipher-this-encrypted-telex-from-a-famous-battle-ship/ This follow up discovery was also featured in an article by Klaus Schmeh titled: 'Three more unsolved ciphertexts from the battle ship Schleswig-Holstein' (3 Jan 2021). https://scienceblogs.de/klausis-krypto-kolumne/three-more-unsolved-ciphertexts-from-the-battle-ship-schleswig-holstein/
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