Boris Hagelin of Sweden (and later Switzerland) created a whole range of machines during his lifetime and the Germans had a pretty distinguished history in this area themselves note particularly the Enigma and Lorenz machines.
After WWII, Germany was prevented from developing code and cipher systems of her own and so went out to the market and bought in the rights to make machines from Hagelin and Crypto AG of Zug. Crypto AG’s CD-57 became the STG61 and with some slight differences and improvements, the C-52 became the Hell 54 (1954). The name Hell refers to the Hell company of Kiel this no longer exists as such having been incorporated into other companies.
Photo and copy courtesy of John Alexander, G7GCK, Leicestershire United Kingdom. E-mail: See Museum Info section.
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