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WWII Code 'May Never Be Cracked'


Science & Tech  (tags: archaeology, discovery, history )

Marty
- 646 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Experts at intelligence agency GCHQ have asked for help in de-coding a message found attached to a pigeon leg, thought to date back to WWII. The dead bird was found in a chimney in Surrey a few weeks ag



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Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Friday November 23, 2012, 3:28 pm
noted, thanks !
 

Irma Paulme (98)
Friday November 23, 2012, 8:14 pm
Oh, what a let down... wonder what it says.
 

Mary Riley (937)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 3:47 am
Cool !!
 

Marty Powell (129)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 7:46 am
hopefully someone will recognize the code. now we need to make sure as many people see it
 

Donnaa D. (13)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 8:58 am
this is testament to the many unnamed animals who have helped us, this pigeons efforts should be recognized, without them the war would have been even bleaker
3 cheers to this poor little animal
 

Eric Lees (3)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 9:50 am
Post it online for all to see and someone will decode it. Crowd-sourcing can solve it.
 

Dave C. (214)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 12:10 pm
fascinating story....wish this had been found earlier so we could have found someone who knew the story behind it.....
 

g d c. (0)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 1:03 pm
ty
 

janet f. (29)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 2:45 pm
Seriously? A computer can't crack that code? How was the code deciphered during the war? This can't possibly be the end of this story.
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 2:59 pm
The groups of five make one think of Playfair, but it probably isn't - I'm sure they have tried that without success, and it isn't all that tough to crack.
 

Melania Padilla (178)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 7:23 pm
Hope they find out what it means!!
 

Gloria Morotti (14)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 11:04 pm
Like, who cares.
 

John S. (301)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 4:19 am
Probably never will be cracked, as codes were used at both ends and specific to the sender and reciever, but as it was found in a chimney, maybe it was meant for Santa Clause?
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 8:37 pm
Noted with thanks. I'm sure someone will eventually crack the code, but I was moved by the pigeon's leg. So many died carrying messages with bombs going off. Poor little bird.
 

Frans Badenhorst (551)
Monday November 26, 2012, 4:03 am
thanks for posting...(You cannot currently send a star to Marty because you have done so within the last week.).....I've been involved with military codes years ago, not easy to crack, one reason is that it is changed often, sometimes a couple of times per day.... so, this will be just about impossible, sorry....
 

Nimue P. (233)
Monday November 26, 2012, 5:41 pm
Very interesting.
 
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