Thanks to remote interpretation services, cryptography has advanced considerably in the modern era. Thanks to the advent of computer technologies, codes have become increasingly difficult to crack. Rare languages have even been used to create unbreakable codes, as in the case of the Navajo code talkers during World War II. However, other languages have been used by armed forces in order to encrypt their messages. Here are four of the most interesting languages used, demonstrating the importance of remote interpreting to warfare.
The Comanche Language and Remote Interpretation Services
Before the U.S. armed forces recruited members of the Navajo tribe to serve as code talkers during World War II, speakers of the Comanche language transmitted messages across the battlefields of World War I and went on to serve in World War II. Their prowess as a unit inspired the Germans to send skilled linguists to the United States to study Native American languages for military use. Yet they never followed through with creating their own code talking unit. Comanche code talkers later served with distinction during the Allied invasion of Normandy, landing with soldiers at the beachhead to deliver critical messages to Allied commanders using telephone interpreting.
The Cree Language and Remote Interpretation Services
The Americans weren’t the only ones to use native languages to encrypt messages. The Canadian armed forces also harnessed the power of native languages to prevent the enemy from hearing classified information. Around the same time that the Navajo code talkers were recruited by the United States, members of the Cree tribe in Canada were hired by the Canadian army for their telephone translation services. Like the Navajo code talkers, the Cree recruits used their native vocabulary to send messages during the war. This system worked remarkably well, despite the fact that the efforts of the Cree people would be largely forgotten after the war,
Wenzhounese and Remote Interpretation Services
With the outbreak of the Sino-Vietnamese War in 1979, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) needed to develop an unbreakable code to facilitate communication between units. In order to do so, the PLA recruited speakers of Wenzhounese for their phone interpreter services, a language known for its difficult pronunciation. This system worked to great effect and helped the PLA win the war.
Welsh and Remote Interpretation Services
Welsh is a language from the western region of Wales in the United Kingdom. As of 2018, only 22% of the Welsh population speak their native language. Despite its relative rarity, during the Yugoslav Wars, the Welsh language played a critical role by helping soldiers in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers to confuse enemy soldiers trying to tap their radio channels, demonstrating how an over the phone interpreter can change history.
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