Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

The Navajo Language During the World War II

During this time the American Army used the Navajo language as a secret code to transmit messages: the Navajo language was non-existent in the Axis camp, and its complexity prevented the messages from being deciphered.

The Navajo language was particular as it had not been studied by the Germans.The Americans needed to modify the language in order to provide for certain military terms which were not present in the lexicon. This code was never broken by the Japanese. The movie Windtalkers produced by John Woo was inspired by this historic event and tells the story of a soldier designated to protect the Navajo code talkers from German capture.

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