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Pigeon message found over a century after sent by Germa... - 11/9/2020 1:17:38 PM   
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54870322

More than a century after it was dispatched by a German soldier, a message sent via carrier pigeon has been found by chance.

In September, a couple out for a stroll in the eastern French Alsace region, came across a tiny aluminium capsule in a field.

Inside was the message, written in barely legible German on a kind of tracing paper.

The message appears to carry the date 1910, or 1916.

Dominique Jardy, curator of the Linge Museum, near where the discovery was made, thinks 1910 is more likely, Le Parisien reports (in French).

Describing the find as "super-rare", he told the paper the capsule was likely to have come to the surface of the soil over time as have many military remains from the First World War.

The soldier was based in Ingersheim, then part of Germany but now in France.

The museum, in Orbey, commemorates the battle for the hilltop of Le Linge in the Vosges mountains in 1915 - one of the bloodiest encounters of the 1914-18 war.

The couple brought their find to the museum, where the message and its container will now become an exhibit.

Mr Jardy contacted a German friend to translate the dispatch, which was written in German Gothic script and details German military manoeuvres.








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RE: Pigeon message found over a century after sent by G... - 11/9/2020 1:35:06 PM   
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Wow, Pretty crazy to make a find like that!

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RE: Pigeon message found over a century after sent by G... - 11/10/2020 7:39:48 PM   
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Thank you, Zorch, for sharing.

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RE: Pigeon message found over a century after sent by G... - 11/11/2020 4:23:02 AM   
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If the capsule was from 1910, then it predates the First World War.

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RE: Pigeon message found over a century after sent by G... - 11/11/2020 10:43:33 AM   
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It would have been nice to have the translation to read. But I'm assuming it has not been translated as of yet.

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RE: Pigeon message found over a century after sent by G... - 11/11/2020 7:10:39 PM   
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I attempted to translate the message using Google translate.

Laboratory Military
Carrier pigeon dispatch Date Time of Day Number and Number

North Ingersheim
morning 237 08 16July 1910/16 900

Above Colma-Ingersheim opponent follows
9./171 furthest left , train (platoon?) Potthoff gets fire
when he crossed the western border of the parade ground, train (platoon?) Potthoff
picks up fire and goes back after a while.
Half a platoon was set up in the fencing forest
train (platoon?) Potthoff goes back under heavy losses
Gansbert 9./171

Hopefully this gives us of the English language some ideal of what is written on the note.




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