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60 Rare Historical Photos That You Probably Haven't Seen Before

Uncategorized | January 16, 2019

A WW1 homing pigeon saved 194 men by still flying after losing a leg, an eye, and having been shot through the chest.

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Long before there were cell phones, homing pigeons played an important role in the military - especially during World War I and its sequel, World War II. These birds were used as military messengers due to their homing ability, speed and altitude. Carrier pigeons of the Racing Homer breed were the most often used during life in wartime. In fact, 32 of these type of pigeons were presented with the Dickin Medal. But it wasn't an easy task for homing pigeons. Enemy soldiers would try to shoot them down. The homing pigeons were so effective that they stayed in use for military messages up until 1957.


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