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The Native Americans played an important role in the Second World War in favor of the United States.. Most of them were engaged in the intelligence and code breaking class.. What do you know about their story?

The German (Wehrmacht Enigma) cipher, which used 26 letters, was considered the most dangerous in the history of World War II, but the Native American cipher, which used only 8 letters, was considered the most complex and complex among all the corresponding military ciphers.

The origin of the story

The lazy bull drinks from dirty water, but its active counterpart does not, so the Native Americans said in their wisdom, and from the womb of this wisdom, the “Navajo” code or (Indian code) was launched.

The “Navajo” code contributed to saving the United States from defeat in the Pacific battles against Japan, an obsolete language spoken only by members of the tribe, before 29 members of it joined the intelligence class in mid-March 1942 in the Marine Corps.

How does the Navajo work?

Compound cipher Navajo cipher used mother tongue words for each letter of the English alphabet and gave descriptions to express terms not found in their original language. They referred to the “military battalion” with “corns of corn”, to the submarine with the iron fish, to the tank with the tortoise, and to the The bomb with a grain of potatoes, Hitler with the crazy white, the plane with the eagle, and so forth, which left the Japanese in confusion and inflicted successive military defeats on them. The battles were resolved in favor of the Americans without the Japanese, who are experts in deciphering the codes, were able to decipher the complex Indian code until their surrender on September 2, 1945.

A secret followed by an advertisement

The Navajo cipher file was kept secret until 1968, when their cipher was declassified to obtain medals and honor the US government in 2001. On August 2, 2022, the curtain came down on the Navajo cipher after the last of its knights (Samuel Sandoval), the only surviving of them out of 540 of those who served in the Marine Corps, 400 of them specialized in the cipher wire that contributed to the defeat of the Japanese. The world cinema, in turn, did not overlook these and celebrated them in several films, including the movie (Wind Talkers), produced in 2002, starring Nicolas Cage.

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