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Photos: Behind the scenes on The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game tells the story of father of computing and Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing.

Released in the US this Friday, the film focuses heavily on the role the British mathematician played in helping the Allied forces crack the Nazi's coded communications.

The film has earned many positive reviews, with particular praise for Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Turing, but also criticisms for where it has deviated from the truth.

To mark the movie's release an exhibition of the props are on show at Bletchley Park in England, the site of the Government Code and Cypher School where Turing worked during the war.

Bombe sketches

Turing played a major role in designing the Bombe, an electromechanical machine that partially automate code-breaking. The Bombe helped decipher Nazi military communications that had been encrypted using Enigma machines.

Here, diagrams of the Bombe drawn by Turing during the film are shown surrounding a recreation of Turing's desk.

The Bombe and its role in cracking Enigma-coded messages stemmed from the work of a series of individuals. The Bletchley Park Bombe was later refined by another Bletchley Park codebreaker Gordon Welchman and was actually built outside Bletchley Park by engineer Harold Keen.

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Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic. He writes about the technology that IT decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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