Gaelic Code Talkers

John Kelsey kelsey.j at
Thu Oct 3 09:11:13 EDT 2002

At 02:37 PM 10/2/02 -0700, Bill Frantz wrote:
>While vacationing in Scotland this summer I had a conversation with a
>gentleman who said that the British had used Scottish Gaelic speakers as
>"code talkers" during World War II.  He added that they were not used in
>the European theatre, as there were too many Irish Gaelic speakers who
>sympathized with the Axis.
>A quick glance at Kahn didn't turn up an information on these code talkers.
>Has anyone else heard anything about it?

There's a possible reference in _Cryptonomicon_, but I honestly thought it
was a joke....

>Cheers - Bill

 --John Kelsey, kelsey.j at // jkelsey at

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