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“Schools Name” Pigeons Loft Project History
History and Homing Pigeons Why are homing pigeons related to History? How important was Homing pigeons in the 2 nd World War and what was their role? What was the Dickin Medal?
Homing Pigeons and War Ok so I know what you are thinking what does the homing pigeon have to do with war? Keep these images in mind as you can find the answers in the fill you are about to watch.
Pigeons During the war You all now have a sheet with some questions on. As you watch the video answer as many questions as a group as you can by using the information off the film
So what did you come up with Pigeons were used in the RAF to send messages back to base to report where shot down aircraft were positioned They was also used by solders to report back to base from behind enemy lines Pigeons were parachuted to the soldiers / spies behind enemy lines to keep the communication lines open Mobile pigeon lofts was a regular site on military bases to house the pigeons until they was needed in action Both sides took capturing enemy homing pigeons seriously as they would try and intercept and decode messages form the enemy Messages were sent by attaching a note onto the pigeons leg.
Here is an actual message that was sent back from the front line on D Day! Your Task Ok you are a commander back at base and you have just received a message from the front line can you conclude what the message says and what you would do with the information! You only have 10 minutes as you must be quick as it could be a matter of life or death!
Gustav His name might sound suspiciously foreign, but he was as English as they come. Released from a ship close to the coast of Normandy as the D-Day landings began, he faced a headwind of 30mph and the sun was hidden behind dense cloud. Yet he still managed the 150- mile trip to a pigeon loft in Thorney Island, near Portsmouth, after a flight lasting 5 hours and 16 minutes. His handler, Sgt Harry Halsey, took the message strapped to Gustav's leg that read: The Story Behind the message and the pigeon Liberated 8:30 - France Arrived home 13:46 - Portsmouth "We are just 20 miles or so off the beaches. First assault troops landed Signal says no interference from enemy gunfire on beach Steaming steadily in formation. Lightning's, Typhoons, Fortresses crossing since No enemy aircraft seen." (The message was used to track the progress of the allied troops on the beaches of Normandy during the D Day landings. This helped the British Army Liberate the French people from German occupation)
Dickin Medal Now it’s time for you to do the research! What is the Dickin Medal awarded for? You have 10 minutes to research and give examples of when and what the Dickin Medal was awarded for Good Luck
Dickin Medal So What did you find? Dickin Medal was first awarded in 1943 in the UK to honour the bravery of animals in war It is made of bronze bearing the words "For Gallantry, We Also Serve" The award is commonly referred to as “The animals‘ Victoria Cross”  See alsoedit 62 Animals have been awarded the Medal of which 32 are Homing Pigeons
So the role of the Homing Pigeons in the war and how it all worked Released Start - 29 sec Finish – 4min 25 sec So will it work? Hands up for YES Number of students:____________ Hands up for NO Number of students:______________ Let’s see what happens Arriving home Start -7min 32 sec Finish – 8:52 seconds
So what did you learn? Why are homing pigeons related to History? How important was Homing pigeons in the 2 nd World War and what was there role? What was the Dickin Medal?