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Message lost by carrier pigeon found 110 years later

carrier pigeon (Andreas Trepte/WikiCommons)

A letter originally carried by a pigeon might be better described now as snail mail after being recovered more than a century after it was sent.

A couple found the message, believed to be from 1910, while they were hiking in the French commune of Ingersheim this past September, CNN reported.

The hand-written note was meant to be correspondence between two German military officers. It was found inside an aluminum capsule, and is believed to have been lost by a carrier pigeon.

“It’s really very, very, very rare,” the Linge Memorial museum’s curator, Dominique Jardy, told CNN.

The Linge Memorial is now set to display the letter, which was translated by the French news organization AFP.

“Platoon Potthof receives fire as they reach the western border of the parade ground, platoon Potthof takes up fire and retreats after a while,” reads a portion of the message, which was reportedly difficult to decipher. “In Fechtwald half a platoon was disabled. Platoon Potthof retreats with heavy losses.”


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