πŸ“‘ Operation Columba: Pigeon Intelligence

Bookmarked LRB Β· Jon Day Β· Operation Columba: Pigeon Intelligence (London Review of Books)

During the First World War, soldiers at the front used pigeons to communicate with those behind the lines, and with tank commanders when their radios failed. In the Second World War most bomber crews carried a pair of birds in a specially designed floating cage. If they were shot down they would release a pigeon bearing a message detailing their position.

Jon Day discusses Secret Pigeon Service by Gordon Corera, a book exploring the role of pigeons during the Second World War. I cannot help but be reminded of the work of Audrey Watters.

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