Original Release Date: January 1, 1996
Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
Rated: Not Rated
Run Time: 50 minutes
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Released: March 28, 2006
Originally Released: 1998
Label: A&E Home Video
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Description by OLDIES.com:
"We weren't fighting for your country, we were fighting for our country." Carl Gorman, 2nd Marine Division. "Without the Navajo, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima." Major Howard Conor, 5th Marine Division.
Their forefathers had battled the U.S. Cavalry with grim determination and fierce pride. They had lost, and the Navajo Indians were forced to live on reservations where U.S. policy tried to strip them of their heritage and history. Yet, when World War II thrust the nation into its hour of need, young Navajo soldiers responded with one of the most important, secret and least heralded accomplishments of the conflict.
NAVAJO CODE TALKERS tells the incredible story of the only unbroken code in modern military history Navajo soldiers weaved their ancient language into a cipher that the enemies were unable to break. Numerous interviews with surviving code talkers illuminates their role, heroism and motivations. See how their legacy affects the Navajo people today and how the code they devised has served America since WWII.
American troops who were called on to fight in World War II were bolstered by the addition of many Navajo soldiers. Despite being treated poorly by the U.S. authorities, these men played a key role in many key battles. This History Channel presentation documents the Navajo contribution to World War II.