• Short Summary

    Interesting film showing German soldiers using carrier pigeons to send messages.

  • Description

    "In the late war all combatants made extensive use of carrier pigeons. Elaborate gear is provided today in the German service to secure efficiency." L/S of man in a great coat standing in a field with a truck travelling towards him. M/S of the truck passing the camera. Men in German uniform open the side door of the truck. The words "H.B.A. Spandau" are painted on one of the doors of the truck. The door is folded back to reveal pigeons inside. One of the soldiers goes into the truck whistling at the birds.

    C/U of the two soldiers putting pigeons into a carrying box. The box is placed into the sidecar of a motorcycle and driven off. C/U of a carrier pigeon being shoved inside a bag which is strapped to the chest of one of the German soldiers. The soldier cycles off. "Special pouches, too, for safely carrying them to the front line. (via dog express)." Small dog has pigeons strapped onto his back in carrying pouches. M/S of two German soldiers lying in long grass. The dog arrives and they take the pigeons out of the carrying pouches. C/U of a man placing a ring around the pigeon's leg presumably with a message inside. L/Ss of the pigeons in flight. They land on wire fencing.

    Paperwork currently missing for this issue - therefore no music cue information.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1584.22
    Media URN:
    51018
    Group:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    24/12/1931
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:42:40:00 / 01:44:30:00
    Canister:
    PSP 716

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