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HELL
HELL was a manufacturer of teleprinter, fax and cipher machines, based in Kiel (Germany). The company was founded in 1929 by Rudolf Hell, one of Germany's most important and most productive inventors of the previous century. Nevertheless, the HELL company is generally not well-known.   
The most commonly known HELL company logo

In the period following WWII, HELL built a number of mechanical cipher machines for the German Army (Bundeswehr), mainly under license from the Boris Hagelin company in Switzerland. In 1981, HELL was taken over by Siemens. In 1990, the graphics-related business was merged with Linotype and became known as Lynotype-Hell AG. Rudolf Hell died in 2002 at the age of 100.

 History of HELL
 
Equipment
The following HELL cipher machines are covered on this website:
 
STG-61 hand-held cipher machine (CD-57 clone) STG-61 H-54 pin-wheel cipher machine (CX-52 clone) H-54

 
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