Once, she was wounded in the neck and breast by German hawks. The message carrier still hung from its wounded leg and contained the following: We are along the road parallel to 276.4. Due to their homing ability, speed and altitude, they were often used as military messengers. It was a female carrier pigeon called Cher Ami. The pigeons used to carry messages are called homing pigeons. Stream Carrier Pigeon of WW1. He is now featured in a … The 77th Division was fortunate to have a dependable pigeon named Cher Ami, which is French for “dear friend.” He was a homing pigeon donated by Britain for use by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France, and had been trained by Americans. These pigeons are particularly good at remembering where they live, and finding their way even when they’ve been transported tremendous distances away from it. Carrier pigeons of the Racing Homer breed were used to carry messages in World War I and World War II, and 32 such pigeons were presented with the Dickin Medal. Great Britain War Office, Carrier pigeons in war, HMSO, London, 1918. Where other methods failed, pigeons had a success rate of 95%. Water for the carrier pigeons – Vimy [c.1917] The Canadian Centre for the Great War has on its web-site an article about the use of homing pigeons for communication during the First World War.
AWM25 425/62, [Intercommunication] Instructions on the use of carrier pigeons, 1914–1919. In those days, under war conditions, among orderlies on motorcycle or horse-back, trained messenger dogs and human runners in the trenches, carrier pigeons were often significantly more accurate in delivering their handwritten messages.
The pigeon survived German rifle fire to carry a message calling on American artillery to stop firing because it was hitting American Soldiers.