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The Comanche Code Talkers of World War II

by William C. Meadows

The Comanche Code Talkers of World War II Synopsis

Among the allied troops that came ashore in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, were thirteen Comanches in the 4th Infantry Division, 4th Signal Company. Under German fire they laid communications lines and began sending messages in a form never before heard in Europe-coded Comanche. For the rest of World War II, the Comanche Code Talkers played a vital role in transmitting orders and messages in a code that was never broken by the Germans. This book tells the full story of the Comanche Code Talkers for the first time. Drawing on interviews with all surviving members of the unit, their original training officer, and fellow soldiers, as well as military records and news accounts, William C. Meadows follows the group from their recruitment and training to their active duty in World War II and on through their postwar lives up to the present. He also provides the first comparison of Native American code talking programs, comparing the Comanche Code Talkers with their better-known Navajo counterparts in the Pacific and with other Native Americans who used their languages, coded or not, for secret communication. Meadows sets this history in a larger discussion of the development of Native American code talking in World Wars I and II, identifying two distinct forms of Native American code talking, examining the attitudes of the American military toward Native American code talkers, and assessing the complex cultural factors that led Comanche and other Native Americans to serve their country in this way.

The Comanche Code Talkers of World War II Press Reviews

Of all the books on Native American service in the U.S. armed forces, this is the best... Readers will find the story of the Comanche Code Talkers compelling, humorous, thought-provoking, and inspiring. - Tom Holm, author of Strong Hearts, Wounded Souls: Native American Veterans of the Vietnam War

Book Information

ISBN: 9780292752740
Publication date: 1st February 2003
Author: William C. Meadows
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Special & elite forces, European history, Second World War, Military intelligence, History of the Americas,

About William C. Meadows

WILLIAM C. MEADOWS is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana State University.

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