I want to make some questions regarding the history of cryptography. particularly I want material/information about WWII german code breakers.

Is this the site to ask the question or should I ask in other SE site?

the concrete question I want to ask is the following, but reading the comments I imagine it belongs into history.se more than here.

There is a lot of material about british code breakers but not about german team. Did the german army (or they allies) had a team that is equivalent to the one at bletchey park in England?

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    $\begingroup$ Probably depends on the exact form of the question. It should be relatively specific, and the answers shouldn't just consist of links. $\endgroup$ Apr 30, 2012 at 19:33
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    $\begingroup$ Are they more about historical cryptographic techniques, or historical facts pertaining to cryptography? Eg, "how was Enigma broken?" vs "who broke Enigma"? $\endgroup$
    – B-Con
    Apr 30, 2012 at 22:02

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Building on B-Con's comment, if you're looking for crypto questions, classical ciphers including details of the workings etc are on topic here. Absolutely.

Generally speaking, asking for resources, or information on prominent cryptographers would be out of scope. It'd be the equivalent of asking about Mark Shuttleworth on Ask Ubuntu!

That said, we also have a history.se site. I'm not sure if your question would be suitable there - may be worth asking in chat there? Alternatively, you could always paste your Q in our chat and ask for feedback - or just write it in above.


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