When I was young – perhaps 9 or 10, in the mid 1970s, on family vacation in Canada – I distinctly remember my Dad telling me a story, I believe he said from WW1, where a message had to be passed rapidly from the front, back to London, over phone lines that were certainly tapped by the enemy.
The OIC at the front thought for a moment, and demanded that some particular MP be fetched from the House of Commons to convey the message; on being told that he would be breaking security restrictions the officer replied: Don’t worry about that, we’ll be talking Welsh.
The story stuck in my mind, but alas now that nearly 30 years have passed, my 86yo Dad no longer can place it; further since the growth of my interest in security, cryptography, and history, I have learned about the Navajo Code Talkers in WW2, I have a deeper interest in tracing whether the story is true.
Now: I am sure that I have written about this elsewhere.
I am positive that I have.
However: I suspect that my writing predates this ‘blog since I cannot find a citation of my previous posting anywhere in the pertinent subdirectory, and Google is turning up nothing. It might have been in a Slashdot posting or something like that.
Someone else’s blog-comments, perhaps?
My inability to find what prompted this, aside: today, just now, this dropped into my inbox:
Subject: Welsh language used ‘covertly’ by British army
It has long been a rumour that members of 100 Field Squadron used Welsh whilst communicating with their fellow colleagues over the radio within their unit, during world war two to foil the Germans.
The Squadron, based at Cwmbran in south Wales had amongst it’s members many rich characters from the pits of the Welsh mining community. The unit, served with distinction fighting as a ‘rear guard’ at Dunkirk and have recently returned from the Gulf where they were mobilsed for the Iraq crisis.
100 Field Squadron are one of four units which form the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (M). and has a History of being the second oldest regiment in the British army.