How does the navajo code work

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Navajo Code Talkers by Nathan Aaseng

On the Pacific front during World War II, strange messages were picked up by American and Japanese forces on land and at sea. The messages were totally unintelligible to everyone except a small select group within the Marine Corps: the Navajo code talkers-a group of Navajos communicating in a code based on the Navajo language. This code, the first unbreakable one in U.S. history, was a key reason that the Allies were able to win in the Pacific.

Navajo Code Talkers tells the story of the special group, who proved themselves to be among the bravest, most valuable, and most loyal of American soldiers during World War II.
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Marine Corps. France had fallen. Britain was still staggering from the Blitz. Japanese forces had crippled the U. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, attacked the Philippines and Guam, and were seizing territory in the south and central Pacific in assaults that included sinking British battleship Prince of Wales and battle cruiser Repulse off Malaya.

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By all accounts the service of the code talkers was crucial to winning World War II in the Pacific theatre. The first known official use of code talkers occurred in October , when eight Choctaw men serving in France who were at the time not citizens of the United States were put to use as telephone communicators during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. The Germans were unable to make sense of the Choctaw language of Muskogean linguistic stock , which was unique to the North American continent and had a small number of speakers. Although the code talkers had been highly effective, little time remained in the war for this improvisation to be exploited on a larger scale. Marine Corps that the Navajo language Athabaskan language family be exploited for tactical radio and telephone communications. Because there were no Navajo words for various military ranks and pieces of equipment, further code references had to be agreed upon.


  1. Robert M. says:

    They were afraid the code would be easily cracked, but that was before The hard work of the Navajo Code Talkers was not recognized until.

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