Cryptology, the Secret Battlefield of World War I: Dawn of the Crypto Arms Race
by Ralph Simpson
The following paper was awarded acceptance as part of the California State University Channel Islands World War One Centennial Conference titled "Imperial Implosions: World War I and its Global Implications." This paper was vetted by the CSUCI history department for inclusion as a guest lecturer at the conference held November 8-9, 2018, at the university's Camarillo Campus. This work falls under copyright restrictions, and the author has granted restricted permission for publication only here on this website.
Ralph Simpson worked 32 years in the computer industry at IBM and Cisco Systems. He authored Crypto Wars: 2000 Years of Cipher Evolution, and is an avid collector of cipher machines.