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Portraits of pigeons heroes put up for auction

January 5 2008

In England, the portraits of homing pigeons, descendants of British intelligence that used to send messages during the Second World War, will be auctioned. Auction house Bonhams, engaged tendering, exposes portraits pigeons within sales so called "typical subjects for libraries gentleman" among which furniture bronze ware, statuettes humidors and miscellaneous interior items.

Paintings of birds appeared at the turn of XX century. It is expected that the average price of each of them will be about a thousand pounds.

During the Second World British intelligence to exploit more than two hundred thousand pigeons. Them in German-occupied territory in a special box equipped with parachutes, dropping bombers. Resistance fighters and local residents were attached to the legs of pigeons notes containing valuable information on enemy positions, after which the birds were returning to the UK.

Some pigeons were working as double agents - on their feet were fastened the insignia of pigeons used by the Nazis in the hope that the Germans would send coded messages with these pigeons, which fall into the hands of British intelligence.

32 pigeons, who helped intelligence during the war, were awarded medals Deakin - the highest British military award that can get the animals. One of the award this prize bird was an American pigeon Joe overflying more than 35 kilometers in 20 minutes to deliver their message, which prevented the bombing of U.S. Air Force town, occupied by British troops.

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