This device is a modification of the Bazeries cylinder, it has two stacks of 5 rotors which each bear two alphabets plus numbers 0-9, one in correct order and one in random order ( 36 characters in each row ). Plain text in 5 letter groups is entered by setting the rotors as in Fig 3. The shaded character on the bottom rotor is read and the whole rotor stack is then turned ( keeping the individual rotors in alignment ) so that this character appears on the top rotor. The enciphered group is then read from top to bottom as in Fig. 4. This group is then re-enciphered by the same procedure using the lower stack of 5 rotors, producing a doubly-encrypted code message.( Figs. 5 & 6 )
Obviously this would be devilishly difficult to decipher without knowing the rotor stack sequence and the random sequences of the alphabets on each rotor. Frequency analysis, Kasiski tests and Index of Coincidence tests do not reveal any useful information. My question is, could this coding system be broken by other than brute force methods ( which would be very tedious and expensive ) ?
To maintain security, the rotor stack sequence would be changed in accordance with a code book list ( or other protocol ) after every 50 groups.
A specimen of code produced with this device follows :
4FRLO 7W0W9 PL84F 7BITX 9VNBN H0U81 DJ3PU 1R27H 9SCN3 FJTBG 9CIQK D1ZZU IJB4H YML6O DHTZU IFJBH UABHD L37I8 RYEXE QQ9SU BJX4G YG0KT 7GJAT X0XOW R9DT1 MEH3A EU8HO 9J70M DO0E4 STXQS 9VS5N 9ICZ9 KN4TR 55AMC ELLGW AQ2IH AEOC8 E0EMP FM36V OGBEP 8MLO5 0GY00 KSRQN MMJ88 DQYB8 4GU0X 1ZPVU FQTQD 4LVKW 4W4G0