Mavis and Keith Batey (PF333)



2015-06-26 12:06:20

Mavis and Keith Batey (PF333)

Photo of the Enigma Machine, signed by the code-breakers of World War II

German linguist, Mavis Lever (1921-) met Keith Batey (1919-2010), a Cambridge mathematician, at the start of World War II after they were separately recruited for top secret MI6 work at Bletchley. They married in 1942 after working together as two of the government's top code-breakers.

The Nazi party's ciphers were encoded using the Enigma machine, the code of which was solved by Keith in August of 1943. Just three months later, he cracked the cipher used by the Spanish military attachs in Berlin and Rome. He was also responsible for significant breakthroughs in decrypting the Abwher Enigma system, directly helping control the German espionage network in Britain.

Keith and Mavis Batey served as consultants for the 2001 film, Enigma, staring Kate Winslet and Dougray Scott.

Photo of the Enigma machine, signed by Keith and Mavis Batey Photo of the Enigma machine, signed by Keith and Mavis Batey

The 10" x 8" black and white photograph shows the Enigma machine, encased in its protective wooden box frame. To the bottom right both Keith and Mavis Batey has signed their names neatly in black pen. The 'M' of Mavis' signature is lighter than the other text due to the flow of ink, otherwise very fine and crisp autographs, in excellent condition.


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