Catalogue description Special Operations Executive: Playfair and Wireless Operators Codes Nominal Card Index

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Reference: HS 16
Title: Special Operations Executive: Playfair and Wireless Operators Codes Nominal Card Index
Description:

This series contains the nominal Playfair code card index showing code details for each agent or wireless operator in the field. The Playfair code (invented by one of the devisers of the telegraph, Sir Charles Wheatstone) was that used by SOE agents up to 1942, when its weaknesses were demonstrated by Leo Marks and the code was progressively replaced by more secure coding practices.

For each agent, the index card shows the letter square to be used and the phrase it was derived from, along with the various security measures agents were to apply to their messages sent from the field. The cards include a date of which the meaning is now not clear, but which may be the date of the agent being trained in the use of the code.

Date: 1940-1946
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

Foreign Office, Special Operations Executive, 1945-1946

Ministry of Economic Warfare, Special Operations Executive, 1940-1945

Physical description: 1 card(s)
Restrictions on use: Document to be seen only under supervision
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

Secret Intelligence Service , in 2004

Accruals: Series is not accruing

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