- For the first time in more than 60 years a Colossus computer will be cracking codes at Bletchley Park.
The machine is being put through its paces to mark the end of a project to rebuild the pioneering computer.
It will be used to crack messages enciphered using the same system employed by the German high command during World War II.
The Colossus will be pitted against modern PC technology which will also try to read the scrambled messages.
Colossus is widely recognised as being one of the first recognisably modern digital computers and was developed to read messages sent by the German commanders during the closing years of WWII.
It was one of the first ever programmable computers and featured more than 2,000 valves and was the size of a small truck.
The re-built Colossus will be put to work on intercepted radio messages transmitted by radio amateurs in Paderborn, Germany that have been scrambled using a Lorenz SZ42 machine - as used by the German high command in wartime.
The Colossus machine will be pitted against modern computer technology that will also be used to decipher and read the transmitted messages.
Tony Sale, who led the 14-year Colossus re-build project, said it was not clear whether the wartime...