Pigeons, Fear, Billions, Bolt, Foxes

Operation Columba

Jon Day | LRB | 3rd April 2019

How the British turned pigeons into highly effective spies during World War II. The Special Continental Pigeon Service, also known as MI14(d), was a unit within military intelligence comprising “a raggle-taggle band of secret service officers, pigeon-fanciers, aristocratic animal lovers and soldiers” who dr…

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