In 1918 This War Pigeon Was Injured But Still Managed To Deliver A Message Asking For Support

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It’s early October 1918 in the Argonne Forest in north-eastern France, weeks before the end of World War One. Some 550 American soldiers are surrounded by German troops, and nobody on the Allied side knows their whereabouts. In the days that follow, they lose around 350 men killed, wounded or taken prisoner. Their future looks bleak to say the least… unless they can somehow get an SOS message out.

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The men in question were from nine companies of the 77th Infantry Division, known as the “Statue of Liberty Division.” They were drafted troops, primarily New Yorkers, and in April 1918 they were the first non-volunteers to arrive in France to fight in the deadly trenches of the Western Front.

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