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History Research Guide - World War II: Intelligence Operations

A guide to the resources available in the library on World War II.

Books in the Library

Navajo Code Talkers

Pfc. Preston Toledo and Pfc. Frank Toledo, Navajo... Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Possible Topics

Here are some topic questions to help you get started on your paper.

Intelligence played a major part in World War II. Why? What were some of the key objectives of Axis and Allied intelligence? Can you think of a battle whose outcome was changed because of intelligence operations?

Both the Allies and the Axis powers used code to encrypt their messages. What did the Axis powers use to develop their code? What did the Allied powers use? How were the Allies able to break the Axis code? Did the Axis ever have any success in breaking Allied code? Did the Allies use the same code throughout the war? What role did the Navajo code talkers play?

Online Resources