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Re: Skeleton of WWII carrier pigeon found in UK chimney w/msg attached
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2012, 02:18:35 PM »
Maybe the message said "Bring lots and lots of hedge clippers."
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Re: Skeleton of WWII carrier pigeon found in UK chimney w/msg attached
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2012, 02:21:28 PM »
it says - 'your tea's ready Bob'

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Re: Skeleton of WWII carrier pigeon found in UK chimney w/msg attached
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2012, 02:30:40 PM »
it says - 'your tea's ready Bob'

If the pigeon was coming from France, I doubt the Frogs would want tea, especially English tea... :P 
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Re: Skeleton of WWII carrier pigeon found in UK chimney w/msg attached
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2012, 02:34:21 PM »
it says - 'your tea's ready Bob'

If the pigeon was coming from France, I doubt the Frogs would want tea, especially English tea... :P

aaah, apologies, tea is an evening meal for most people born north of Derby in the UK, south of there its Dinner, but in the proper/correct part of the country its tea

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Re: Skeleton of WWII carrier pigeon found in UK chimney w/msg attached
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2012, 04:51:40 PM »
Maybe the message said "Bring lots and lots of hedge clippers."

Bingo.

That or "Send more Shermans! The Krauts are going through them like hot Wiener Schnitzel!"

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Re: Skeleton of WWII carrier pigeon found in UK chimney w/msg attached
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2012, 05:16:50 PM »
it says - 'your tea's ready Bob'

Cheeky sod - it actually said ' get chimney sweeper'  :)
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Re: Skeleton of WWII carrier pigeon found in UK chimney w/msg attached
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2012, 09:24:45 AM »
I didn't know they still used pigeons in WWII.
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Re: Skeleton of WWII carrier pigeon found in UK chimney w/msg attached
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2012, 02:22:05 PM »
Think I recall reading in books like Chester Wilmot's, The Struggle for Europe, that english paras often had backup carrier pigeons.
Their radios were not so reliable, and were in very short supply, so this gave them a backup.
Didn't the radios at the Bridge Too Far, have bad batteries which complicated the efforts of XXX Corps to aid, and give artillery support?
Think it contributed significantly to the woes of 1st Airborne Division.
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Re: Skeleton of WWII carrier pigeon found in UK chimney w/msg attached
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2012, 12:08:36 PM »
^ Yep - having read 'A Magnificent Disaster' not too long ago, it did pont to radio failures playing an adverse part in events.
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Re: Skeleton of WWII carrier pigeon found in UK chimney w/msg attached
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2012, 06:50:53 AM »
Here's an expanded story, but still no decoded msg.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/11/06/coded-wwii-message-found-on-pigeon-remains/?intcmp=trending

If they found this in 1982, wonder why its just now making the news...
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Re: Skeleton of WWII carrier pigeon found in UK chimney w/msg attached
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2012, 07:23:05 AM »
Here's an expanded story, but still no decoded msg.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/11/06/coded-wwii-message-found-on-pigeon-remains/?intcmp=trending

If they found this in 1982, wonder why its just now making the news...

It could be that he found it in 82 but only recently realized it was carrying a message from WWII.

I wish those codebreakers luck. Hopefully they still have the key to that message. I'd love to know what it says.

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Re: Skeleton of WWII carrier pigeon found in UK chimney w/msg attached
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2012, 09:28:14 AM »
"....redacted..so then just give us the go ahead old chap and the war will be over by Friday."
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Re: Skeleton of WWII carrier pigeon found in UK chimney w/msg attached
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2012, 03:51:40 PM »
No surprise here: they're still stumped. http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/23/world/europe/uk-wwii-pigeon-mystery/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

IIRC those codes were unbreakable without a key and used a double key system.

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Re: Skeleton of WWII carrier pigeon found in UK chimney w/msg attached
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2012, 04:22:27 PM »
Wonder if it was a discarding key system? After you sent a message you destroyed the key, which was on a pad of tear-off sheets. IIRC some of the Soviet encrypted messages became compromised after their signals officers got lazy and used the same page over and over instead of burning it and getting a new one each time.
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