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Bletchley Park carrier pigeon found dead 70 years after it disappeard with coded message.....

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    Better late than never.

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    I read somewhere that the red capsules were strictly for the use of SOE or as they were known in France just pre Normandy invasion, 'Jedburghs'. In which case that would be sneaky-beaky MI6 traffic only.

    MI6 were keen users of the 'One time pad' system of coding, which this message seems it could be encrypted in. Therefore it is entirely possible that it will never be de-coded. See the link for details on how it works ( It's pretty dry stuff actually...)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-time_pad

    Unless of course it was sent in duplicate via another pigeon, in which case it may be on file........somewhere!
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    It seems as if the remains of a WWII carrier pigeon, WITH coded message has been found in the chimney of a home in southern England. Experts presume that the message was sent either immediately before or after the D-Day landings. The message is being decoded now using WWII era logbooks from Bletchley Park...

    I can't wait to hear about the decoded message!

    http://news.yahoo.com/remains-pigeon...164100916.html

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    Very cool Joe, thanks for sharing!

    Regards,
    John

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    Thanks for posting this Joe, I look forward to hearing what was in the message.

    Regards,

    Carl

    p.s. I love the some of the comments below the article, a great example of how history can still excite us all, even seventy plus years after the event.
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    cant wait to see what the message could be

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    I've merged the two threads together.

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    Great article. It will indeed be interesting to know what
    was in the coded message.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Very interesting story.

    Fascinating about the code, I hope they crack it. Quite the enigma (sorry!LOL).



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    Quote by Adrian View Post
    I've merged the two threads together.
    D'oh! Sorry, Adrian!

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