German Motorcycle Pigeon Patrol, 1932

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German Motorcycle Pigeon Patrol, 1932

Postby Doktor Krollspell » Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:31 am

Hello all!

I found this photograph on http://www.corbis.com and was quite intrigued by the text. Does anybody have any information or opinions about camera equipped "Aufklärung" pigeons? And I really like the photograph! :D

German Motorcycle Pigeon Patrol, 1932
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A German motorcycle pigeon patrol near Berlin in 1932. Such pigeons were used to carry messages and undertake survey work by means of small cameras attached to the birds.



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Krollspell
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Re: German Motorcycle Pigeon Patrol, 1932

Postby fridgeman » Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:13 am

Hi!

Pigeons were used alot for communication and espionage.
But i dont know if there were really cameras attached to them, more i
think they transported the films with recon or espionage photos done by soldiers.

The austrians seemed to be very passionate about the pigeons, they even
had a "carrier pigeon squadron" until the 1980s, also pigeons were used by
Gendarmerie - the austrian police.

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A camouflaged cage for 4 pigeons and a small basket for 1 pigeon, made for operations.
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