RUSSIAN M-125 FIALKA

These cipher machines are based on the German Enigma principle and can operate either with eight or with ten rotors. The M-125 Fialka (Violet) cipher machines were the backbone of secret communications in the Warsaw Pact countries during the Cold War era.
 
 
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The FIALKA M-125-3 and its power supply. (Photo submitted by John Alexander, G7GCK Leicester, England)
fialka125_08s.jpg Click on image for a closeup view of the Fialka 125. (Photo by Ralph Simpson) 
fialka125_09s.jpg Click on image for a closeup view of the Fialka rotor assembly. (Photo by Ralph Simpson) 
 
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Underneath the lid. (Photo by John Alexander, G7GCK Leicester, England)
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Rotors disassembled. (Photo by John Alexander, G7GCK Leicester, England)
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Top view showing rotors and printing mechanism. (Photo by John Alexander, G7GCK Leicester, England)
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Top view. Lid closed. Machines with smaller keys were called  M-125's (Photo by John Alexander, G7GCK Leicester, England)
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Keyboard detail. (Photo by John Alexander, G7GCK Leicester, England)
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Rear view of power supply. (Photo by John Alexander, G7GCK Leicester, England)

MORE ROTORSET PHOTOS


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All Fialka rotor images in this photoset courtesy E-bay.
fialka_rotors_set_s.jpg Later model Fialka rotor set (Czech Army). The male contacts appear to be spring-loaded stamped steel and are not round, like the orginals. Click to enlarge (Photo and copy via E-bay)

 
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Fialka cable set. (E-bay photo)
For a comprehensive look at Fialka, please visit Paul Reuver's Fialka web page.
His pages include some interesting details about certain aspects of the machine. Future plans include a copy of the Fialka manual which can be ordered through the website. A full (reverse-engineered) circuit diagram is also available for the machine.



Contributors and credits:

1) Ralph Simpson <ralphenator(at)gmail.com>

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Apr 30/12