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May 15, 2017 AT 10:00 am

The Native American Code Talkers Who Helped Win WWI

Via Great Big Story

It was fall of 1918. The Allied military’s tactical movements were jeopardized by the German military’s superior espionage capabilities. Not only were the Germans tapping Allied phone lines, they were able to crack the code. That’s when two Native American soldiers speaking Choctaw came in, and would ultimately help turn the tide of the war. After a chance encounter with an officer, they were charged with setting up a new kind of communications system, one that required ingenuity and made heroes out of an oppressed group of Native Americans.


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