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Who would have known that the language of Native Americans created hundreds of years before the founding of our nation would prove to be one of Americas greatest secret weapons The Japanese cracked every code that the Army and Navy came up with but not the Navajo code Navajo is a spoken language handed down orally from generation to generation The Code Talkers created a system of native words to represent characters of the English alphabet so that they could spell out English words that had no Navajo equivalent The code talkers also assigned their own expressions such as iron-fish for submarine to over four hundred important military terms Each code talker memorized these special words for there were no written materials that could be captured by the enemy The use of the code talk originated in World War I It was common for the men and women of the armed forces to find themselves in heavy predicament as their battalion would be surrounded by German forces The relay of a simple message would be impossible due to the fact that the Germans would have already tapped the field lines and were able to intercept messages and know every move that the Americans were going to make The Choctaw Code Talkers proved to be an outstanding use of communication when it first appeared during the closing days of World War I With the use of the code talkers messages were capable of being relayed to the battalion commander without fear of interpretation by the Germans However the use of this newly found secure form of communication would remain a secret with the signing of the Armistice and the Choctaw men returning to their reservations Twenty five years later the Americans found themselves embroiled in another World War The war would hold very few secrets Communication once again became a huge problem during the war American intelligence officials had broken Japanese and German communication codes but
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