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Steve1871

Did German's ever try Hawking?

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Steve1871

A large number of pigeon's were used by allies in Great War. During that age, Hawking and Falconry were popular rich mans sport. Surly some Germen officers did it. Since officers could go on leave, are there any stories of a German officer bringing back a falcon or hawk to take down allied pigeons?

 

Yes, this is strange but many strange things were tried in both sides. Thanks

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KONDOA

A hawk is a relatively easy target for a shotgun and of considerable value, not easily replaced. Pigeons are fast fliers and quite difficult to shoot at height. Given pigeons would be flying away from the lines the hawk would by necessity be operating right over those sporting Brits and would be unlikely to survive.

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Steve1871

Just wondered if ever tried, battle lines change all the time, sometimes could curve to have a north- south line , where birds would fly across instead of back to safety . Just a curious thought .

thanks for reply

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KONDOA

Fair suggestion and unfortunately I don't have any reference to disprove your ideas.

 

Roop

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Open Bolt

Walter N Nicholson 'Behind the Lines' says that trench stores included sporting guns to bring down pigeons, but whether that is true or not I have no idea.

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MAW

This reminds me of General Melchett's pet pigeon 'Speckled Jim' in the comedy series Blackadder Goes Forth.

 

Mark

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