TITLE

'PATRIOTIC PIGEONS': PIGEON POLITICS AND MILITARY SERVICE IN WAR-TIME SOUTH AFRICA, CA.1899 - 1945

AUTHOR(S)
Snyders, Hendrik
PUB. DATE
August 2013
SOURCE
African Research & Documentation;2013, Issue 122, p3
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the role of homing pigeons as wartime messengers utilized by the South African (SA) military during the South African War through the end of World War II. It examines the military pigeon consciousness in the British Empire, the donation of pigeons and pigeon handlers to the British Empire, and efforts by the group the Cape Town & Suburban Homing Union (CTSHU) to protect pigeons during the early 20th century. it also discusses the SA Military Pigeon Service during World War II.
ACCESSION #
93387195

 

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