PIGEONS IN WAR ~ MILITARY SERVICE

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Updated:  November 16, 2017

Three Significant articles on Pigeons in WW2: A.R.P. NEWS YEAR BOOK 1944.

1. Pigeon Breeding and Training By the U.S. Army by Lt. Kenneth Fenical. four page feature with 5 photos.

2.Navy Pigeons by E.F. Leidy, Warrant Officer in Charge of Pigeon Loft, US Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, NJ. 3 page article with five photos.

3. War and the Racing Pigeon; It's Breed and Blood that Win by Wm Knoershild. two page with three photos.

The special issue was dedicated to the members of the Armed Forces. The Amercian Racing Pigeon News, 1944 Year Book. soft cover, 83 pages, 9.75 by 6.75 inches, cover is worn, overall condition is good. This is an excellent book for the researcher...........................$80.00

THE PIGEONS THAT WENT TO WAR by Gordon H. Hayes. 1981 hard cover w/ dust jacket. Limited First Edition, About The Pigeons and Pigeoneers in Africa and Italy during World War II, 146 pages, great b/w illustrations,  9.25 by 6.25 inches,  added are 100 b/w photos that are associated with the book (photos are 5 by 3.5 inches)

During World War II, Hayes served in the "pigeon corps" of the U.S. Army, where his expertise with racing pigeons was recognized and he was placed in charge of a large group of new men with little experience in racing pigeons. The company started as the 829th Pigeon Platoon or the Africa Pigeon Corp. Later in South Italy, it was changed to the 6681st Signal Pigeon Co. (Prov). Lastly, the name was changed from the 6681st Signal Pigeon Co. to the 209th Signal Pigeon Co. 
Hayes's duties took him to the front lines of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy and France, where he worked closely with the U.S. and British intelligence services. Often in the dangerous front lines or in covert operations, he worked with such famous pigeons as "G.I. Joe," "Yank," "Rain in the Face," and many more. When the war ended in Europe, Hayes finished his duty in the service as a Master Sergeant. Continuing as a successful bird breeder, the epitome of his career was the breeding of an American dark green and cobalt Indian ring-necked parakeet. The first in the world; a new color mutation. In 1981, Hayes self-published his book, The Pigeons That Went To War about his experiences in the army's pigeon corps.

Book & 100+ photos, in excellent condition..........................$125.00

THE PIGEONS THAT WENT TO WAR by Gordon H. Hayes. 1981 hard cover w/ dust jacket. Limited First Edition, About The Pigeons and Pigeoneers in Africa and Italy during World War II, 146 pages, great b/w illustrations,  9.25 by 6.25 inches, in excellent condition..........................$80.00

The SAGA OF THE AIR MAIL, Carroll Glines, Col, USAF, 1968 First Edition, hard cover w/dust jacket, 180 pages, 9.25 by 6,25 inches. The first chapter is The Pigeon Post, 17 pages with photos of pigeons in military service and mail carriers. book is in very good/excellent condition......$25.00 

PIGEONS IN WORLD WAR II: The Official Records of the Performances of Racing Pigeons with the Armed Forces, edited by major W.H. Osman, 1950 First Edition, hard cover, 146 pages, great b/w photos, 7.25 by 4.875 inches, condition is good/very good...................................$75.00 

PIGEONS IN TWO WORLD WARS, 1976, hard cover w/ dust jacket, illustrated, 195 pages, 8.75 by 5.75 inches, condition is very good/excellent................$75.00 sold

They Had No Choice; RACING PIGEONS AT WAR, 2002, soft cover, illustrated, 288 pages, 9.75 by 6.75 inches, condition very good/excellent..$80.00 

THE PIGEONEER; US ARMY TRAINING MANUAL, 1925 Reprint, Pertains to World War I, soft cover, 131 pages, 9 by 5.75 inches, collector paid $75.00 for this on Sept 7, 1998 (receipt included), condition is new......RARE....$100.00  sold

HOMING PIGEON/SIGNAL CORPS COLLECTION ~ WORLD WAR II. 

Collection includes:

1. The Homing Pigeon/War Dept Tech Manual, Jan 1945, soft cover, illustrated, 82 pages, 8.5 by 5.25 inches.

2. Signal Pigeon Company/War Dept Field Manual, Sept 1944, soft cover, illustrated, 31 pages.

3. US Army Issued Pigeon Accessories of WW II, phamplet

4. Booklet: Pigeon Communications, War Dept, 1944, 5 by 4 inches

5. Newsletter: Pigeon Droppings from WW II, 6 pages, 8.5 by 11 inches on US Army Pigeons, Threat of Nazi Pigeons and review of pigeons in Army service.

All five items in this collection are in excellent condition........................................$75.00 sold

COURAGEOUS COURIERS by Jerome Pratt, Lieutenant Colonel, USA, 1977 soft cover, illustrated, 136 pages, 9 by 6 inches, book is in very good condition....................................$75.00

 

COURAGEOUS COURIERS by Jerome Pratt, Lieutenant Colonel, USA, 1977 soft cover, illustrated, 136 pages, 9 by 6 inches, book is in very good condition.....Copy #2......................$75.00

Pigeon Heroes: Birds of War and Messengers of Peace. 2nd Printing.  Marion B. Cothren, 1944. New York: Coward McCann, Inc. hard cover, no dust jacket, 47 pages. 22 illust.  fantastic wartime photos, Rare book, hardcover, gift dedication on title page,  very good+ condition...........$80.00....now $60.00

 

Pigeon Heroes: Birds of War and Messengers of Peace. First Edition .  Marion B. Cothren, 1944. New York: Coward McCann, Inc. hard cover, no dust jacket, 47 pages. 22 illust.  fantastic wartime photos, Rare book, hardcover, gift dedication on title page, 

very good+ condition.....COPY #2.........$80.00.................now $60.00

Pigeon Heroes: Birds of War and Messaengers of Peace. First Edition.  Marion B. Cothren, 1944. New York: Coward McCann, Inc. hard cover, no dust jacket, 47 pages. 22 illust.  Rare book, hardcover, x-library book, average/fair condition.................$25.00 sold

CHANCO: A U.S. ARMY HOMING PIGEON by Helen Orr Watson, 1938 First Edition, hard cover w/ dust jacket, illustrated, 163 pages, 9.5 by 6.5 inches, condition is very good...................$75.00

CHERI AMI: THE STORY OF A CARRIER PIGEONS by Marion B. Cothren, 1934 First Edition, hard cover w/ dust cover, aimed at youth readers, 84 pages, 7.75 by 5 inches, gift dedication on title page, book is very good condition. Lost Battalion, a hero of the World War, immortalized in the National Museum in Washington. A straightforward account of his early training in an English loft, and of the life with the American Expeditionary forces, where he won international fame.....................$70.00 sold

ANIMALS IN WAR by Jilly Cooper, 2000 (first published in 1983) soft cover, 222 pages, 7.75 by 5 inches.  HOMER SWEET HOMER, 17 page chapter on pigeons in war, with b/w photos. pen dedication on first page, otherwise this book is in new condition.............................$20.00

AIRLIFT 1870: THE BALLOON AND PIGEON POST IN THE SIEGE OF PARIS by John Fisher, 1965 First Edition, hard cover, w/ dust jacket, illustrated, 166 pages, 8.875 by 5.75 inches, in very good condition.................Copy #2.............$25.00

FEATHERED HEROES:PIGEONS FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD TO NOW, Walter Harter, 1968 First Edition, hard cover w/ dust jacket and plastic cover, 127 pages, 8.5 by 5.75 inches, in very good/excellent condition......$40.00

THE WAR ANIMALS: THE TRAINING AND USE OF ANIMALS AS WEAPONS OF WAR, Robert E. Lublow, 1977 First Edition, hard cover w/ dust jacket and platic cover, 255 pages, pages 1- 102 on pigeons, 8.5 by 5.75 inches, x-library, in good condition.......................$25.00  

PIGEON TO PACKHORSE: The Illustrated Story of Animals in Army Communications by Alan Harfield, 1989, hardcover w/dust jacket, 114 pages, 8.5 by 6 inches, in excellent/new condition COPY #2..........................$20.00  sold

TECHNICAL MANUAL ~ THE HOMING PIGEON, War Department, 1936 soft cover, 72 pages, 8.5 by 5.5 inches, very good+ condition.....$25.00 sold