Swiss NEMA cipher machine, serial number TD-482, in excellent museum quality condition. Includes one original and one copied operator’s manual.
This is a complete and original NEMA cipher machine in excellent working condition. The Swiss NEMA is an electro-mechanical wheel-based cipher machine that was developed by Zellweger AG in Uster Switzerland during World War II as a replacement for the German Enigma model K that was being used by the Swiss Army. The machine is also known as T-D, which stands for Tasten-Drücker Maschine (key-press machine).
During WWII, the Swiss Army used a modified version of the German-made commercial Enigma model K machine. After the Swiss discovered that their Enigma “K” traffic was being read by both the Allied forces and the Germans, they started the development of their own improved machine, which they called NEMA. The term NEMA is derived from “NEw MAchine” or “NEue MAschine”.
The NEMA cipher machine was developed between 1941 and 1943 and the first prototype was ready in early 1944. After a few modifications and improvements, the machine was finally approved in March 1945. Production started in 1946, with the first machines entering service in 1947. The NEMA was used by the Swiss Army in the years following WW II, and by the Diplomatic Service.
This NEMA cipher machine is complete with all accessories stored in the lid including remote lamp panel, external power cord, and extra rotor set. This NEMA is fully operational and includes a battery holder that will accept standard flashlight batteries. NEMA TD-482 is located in the United States. Price does not include shipping.
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