Artefacts of CSE
From its roots in the Second World War to the present day, CSE’s story stretches back more than 70 years. The videos featured here highlight some of the historical artefacts contained in the CSE museum at our headquarters in Ottawa.
Episode 1: U-190 and ENIGMA
On May 8th, 1945, the European front of Second World War ended with Germany’s unconditional surrender. 500 miles off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, German submarine U-190 surfaces and surrenders to Canadian warships the HMCS Victoriaville and the HMCS Thorlock.
The Royal Canadian Navy escorted U-190 to harbour where the German crew signed formal surrender papers and the U-boat became the property of the RCN. On board the submarine RCN personnel recovered a German Enigma machine. The Enigma machine recovered on U-190 is now part of CSE’s collection of historical artifacts.
Episode 2: HYDRA and ROCKEX
In 1941, as Axis powers tighten their grip on occupied Europe, secure communication among Allied forces becomes more important than ever. Responding to this need, Canadian engineers at Camp X design and deploy HYDRA.