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Cracked? Carrier Pigeon Code from ‘K’ Sector, Normandy
12/19/2012 4:25:24 PM


Declared unbreakable almost a month ago by the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the encrypted code found on the remains of a World War Two carrier pigeon may have been cracked at last. An Ontario based group dedicated to the pursuit of local and amateur history, Mr. Gord Young from Peterborough, Ontario, claims that it took only 17 minutes to crack the supposedly impossible code. Through the use of a World War One Royal Flying Corp aerial observers code book from his late great-uncle of the 92 Canadian Squadron, Young of the Lakefield Heritage Research group might indeed have solved the perplexing riddle.

Loot; War Trophies and Victory Souvenirs
12/17/2012 2:47:23 PM


Combatants fight for something. Freedom, conquest, political and social transformation. Each is different and each is unique in scope. On a more micro level, soldiers will fight for one another, for personal creeds and moralities and, indeed, even for their own personal gain. The victors are often depicted with the spoils of war, the systematic accumulation of enemy materials, munitions and iconography. Historically, since the Greco-Romano period, military victories and occupations have been marked with war trophies. War in the modern era is no exception. The acquittal of SAS Sgt. Danny Nightingale highlights the continued fascination with acquiring and collecting battlefield souvenirs.
Clipped Wings; British Spitfires Unearthed from Burma
12/1/2012 6:53:51 PM


In the aftermath of the Second World War, dozens of Mark XIV Spitfires commissioned for the Pacific Theatre were summarily decommissioned and destined for burial under the orders of Lord Mountbatten to ensure they could not be used by Burmese independence fighters. Almost 70 years later, the possible discovery of nearly 36 aircraft buried in Burma has electrified the aerial and archaeological community.

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