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Great story from the BBC website which may be of some interest here...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20456782
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Dear Santa,

That's rich...
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I love it. Here's the Sgt. York of carrier pigeons.
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Good news - CODE BROKEN ! ! !

The gist - "Hit Jerry Panzers....."

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248818/Hit-Jerrys-p...
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Oh dear, there now appears to be some doubt over the solution...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20749632
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More links:

A copy of the letter Gord Young wrote detailing his discovery:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/117080610/Letter-to-UK-PM

Another written to the Canadian War Museum:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/117080528/Coding-Letter-to-Canadia...

Link to BBC article:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20749632
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Lakefield Heritage Research10- 645 Whitaker St. Peterborough, ON, K9H 7L5, Canada705 – 745 - 8572E-mail:

Mr. David Cameron
Prime Minister of the UK
c/o Cabinet Hall70
WhitehallLondon, SW1 2AS
Honored Sir:

On this most historic day, “The Day that shall live in Infamy”, I am delighted to write to you that I and thevoluneers of Lakefield Heritage have managed to decode the so-called “unbreakable code” that the newspapersheralded last month, when the bones of a WW-2 pigeon with a “code can” was found in the chimney of thehome of David Martin in Bletchley UK.

Using my great-uncle's aerial observers' notes [RFC-RAF]; the WW-1 code formula, and, WW-1 coding as abasis, I had the code broken and message assembled in 17-minutes.Its rather simple, but, finding the confirming evidence has taken the better part of the month of November.Can you please tell David Martin that we have the coding for him ?The pigeon and its report was part of the renewed assault by Lt. General Sir Miles Dempsey on the City of Caen and the Green Howards that landed at “King Sector” of “Gold Beach”.Here is the Artillery Acronym coding broken.
British Artillery Coding:
AOAKN - Artillery Observer At "K" Sector, Normandy.
RQXSR -Requested [Head] Quaters Supplement Report
PABLIZ -Panzer Attack - Blitz
NLXKG -Now loading [e] X [tra] {sector] "K" Guns
WAOTA -West Artillery Observer Tracking Attack
LKXGH -Lt. Knows [that] (e) X [tra] Guns [are] Here [Some Brits Artillery or Infantry Officer might be withhim. Now or with the other observer. In any case, the Lt.has been in touch somehow....maybe by his own courier dog.]
KLDTS -Know [where] Local Dispatch Station [is]
HVPKD- Have Panzers [in] "K" [sector] Determined
DJHFP -Determined Jerry's Headquarters Front Posts
RBQRH -Right Battery [Head] Quarters Right Here
FQIRW -Found [head] Quarters Infantry Right Wing
FNFJW -Final Note [confirming] Found Jerry's Whereabouts
GOVFN -Go Over Field Notes [this is the same short form as WW-1] Stott is asking UK to compare this note tohis "drop note" and his "noon note"
CMPNW -Counter Measures [against] Panzers Not Working
DJOFM -could be "Determined Jerry's Other Field Mortars
JRZCQ -Jerry's Right Battery Central [Head]Quarters [here]
AOAKN -Artillery Observer at "K'-sector, Normandy Stott is confirming he sent the above information to UK'sXO2 operator and not the Germans.
YIDDC -Yanks Infantry Division [now in] Direct Contact
MIAPX -Mortar, Infantry Attack Panzers eXtra. Stott is probably telling England that they are attacking Panzersseparated from the main body of tanks.
HJRZH -Hit Jerry's Right or [Reserve] Battery Here OR - Hit Jerry's Right or [Reserve] Battery Headquarters
AKEEQ -Already Know Electrical Engineers [head] Quarters
TPZEH -Troops, Panzers, Batteries, Engineers, Here
FNKTO -Final Note Known To [head]Quarters [here implied]27 / 1526 / 6 [June 27th @ 1526 hours or 3:26pm]

He used two pigeons to send his copies that afternoon:
NURP 40TW 194andNURP 37 OK 7one died, one survived.Always “double redundancy”. Two observers, one in the east [Stott] one in the west [unknown]; they would have beenconnected by two dogs running notes between them. [That is how Stott knew the Brits and the Yanks connected.] AND This seems to be the man who sent the message.........STOTT, WILLIAM Rank: Fusilier Service No:3454758 Date of Death:08/07/1944Age:27 Regiment/Service: Lancashire Fusiliers 2/5th Bn. Grave Reference: II. C. 3.Cemetery: RANVILLE WAR CEMETERYAdditional Information: Son of James and Jane Stott, of Hooley Bridge, Heywood, LancashireIf so, then his message of June 27th was sent only a few weeks before he died.

A fuller explanation of the [tentative] coding is below.

Using the WW-1 formula, the first code is always the identification of the Artillery Observer...in this particular case Stott uses AOAKN, or Artillery Observer At “K” [Sector] Normandy, which, in this instance is a portion of the Normandy coastal beach that is a “subdivision” of the entire landing area known as “Gold Beach” under General Sir Miles Dempsey.

Next code is always identifying which report this is. In this case, this is the mid-afternoon report that was due at3:30...Stott was a tad early....at 3:26.Next code is always identifying the most important happenings since his noon report....in this case Stott is tellingthe UK that there is Panzer Attacking (or Assaulting) [in] "Blitz" [formation]Note:"Panzers" usually referred tothe "Tiger Tank"; the Germans had some older stuff that they used, but, all got blanketed with the word "Panzer".The next code is telling the UK, that additional German field guns are now loading to bolster the tank attack.

Code is telling the UK, that the second Artillery Observer dropped that day to the west, likely in "Sector S" iswatching this "Panzer" attack. A dog would have shuttled the notes between the two British soldiers.

Code is telling the UK, that their Lt. knows where these additional guns are. Probably sent by another dog intothe British lines being attacked

Code is telling the UK he knows where the Germans are dispatching their orders from [probably a farm hous

Code is telling the UK he knows now how many Panzers are in the area near where he is observing the battle.

Code is telling the UK he has determined where the German front line postings are. [probably meaningheavy 50-caliber machine guns] Codes are telling the UK where the Germans are deployed and he is satisfied that he is pretty certain of thatdeployment.

Code is telling the UK to compare this note to the ones he sent when he first dropped and his noon report.Thus, "Go Over Field Notes". Those earlier notes would have given the various locations. This mid-afternoon note is telling the UK he is now certain of those earlier location identifications. Except for the "blitzing" Panzers,nothing has seriously changed.

Code is warning that the counter-measures [probably anti-tank rockets or howitzer shells] not stopping or slowing the Panzer attack.[Not surprising given the tenaciousness of the Lehr Division]

Code seems to be warning that there are also mortars in the way....they were probably hidden and now that theattack by the tanks is underway, they have suddenly appeared and are probably scaring Stott.

Code is confirming that the Germans' field headquarters is also near him, or, he has recognized that all of the battery and infantry headquarters is also the Central Battery [field howitzers]

Code is right out of the WW-1 coding formula. Stott is confirming that the "notes" Artillery Acronyms are his,and, not a German, nor is he being forced by the Germans to write that coding

Code is telling the UK that the British Army's right wing outer units are now in direct contact with the outer units of an American Infantry Unit [not identified} in the far west.This code would have come by dog from the Western Artillery Observer.

Code Stott is probably telling UK that they are attacking Panzers seperated from the main body of tanks ?CodeThat British shelling has hit the Germans right or [reserve] battery here [near him].

Code Stott is telling the UK that he already knows electrical engineers [head] quarters is. The significance of this coding is to wipe out the electrical supply to the German telegraph system.CodeStott is telling UK that all the German Troops, Panzers, Batteries, Engineers, are here near where he iswatching and not to go looking somewhere else.

Last Code is also straight out of the WW-1 code book, telling UK headquarters that this is what has beenhappening until 330 pm or 326pmAlsoWe can now confirm whom, Sjt. Stott, was doing the observing for and to confirm the accuracy of our Artillery Acronym de-coding previously. Stott's mid-afternoon report of June 27th is the second day of there-start of The Battle For Caen. The tip-off comes from his Artillery Acronym, YIDDC, "Yanks InfantryDivision [now in] Direct Contact". This is the far right of Dempsey's Army in the west and the U. S. 1stInfantry's far left wing to the east under the command of Major General Clarence Huebner; have nowconnected with each other to form a “straight battle-line” [sort of “straight-line”]. Additionally.From another Lakefield Heritage volunteer, we have learned that these Artillery Observers like Stott werebeing "leapfrogged" deeper into France, thus, we can not be certain where exactly Stott was when he sentthis report, except that he was in "Sector K" twenty-one days after the first landing.This would have been somewhere near the "bloodbath" known as "the taking of Caen".Thus Stott and his observer partner [in the far west] probably had been dropped twice before this reportwas sent.We have confirmed what Stott was referring to in this Aritllery Coding “PABLIZ”, Its the famous “Panzer Lehr Division”. who at 3:26 on June 27 were "blitizing"....as Stott reports.{Whether Stott knew this was the Panzer Lehr Division” is not know.He might have reported on them andidentified them at his “noon report” back to the Operator(s) of XO2 in the UK. We simply do not know.But this isthePanzer Division that was at Caen and facing the American-British-Canadian units. This is akin to the WW-1 stand at Vimy Ridge where the Prussian Guard faced the Canadians. The elite brigade.][When the full fury of the massive Allied landings against Normandy, France finally hit in June,1944, 130.Panzer-Lehr was one of the strongest units in the West. Panzer-Lehr fought the Allies infierce battles for Caen and St. Lo, until it was so depleted that it had only a mere fraction of thearmor it had stated with.]http://www.feldgrau.com/heerplp.html We have further determined that the “XO2” was the Bletchley operators for Dempsey, whereas, “XO1”would have received messages for the Artillery Observers for General Sir JohnTredinnick Crocker.We are completely baffled sir, why GCHQ and the Bletchley Park Musuem could not have figured thisout ? And, we are completely baffled as to why the Imperial War Museum does not have Artillery Codebooks from WW-1.In any event.Can you please advise David Martin that we now know about “his pigeon”, in his chimney ? And, that “his pigeon” dserves some sort of recognition for the effort to take Caen ?Thank you for your consideration of our letter.

Sincerely.Editor
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Not sure I'm buying it, but I don't claim to be an expert. This stood out from the BBC article:

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"Essentially, Stott was taught by a WWI trainer; a former Artillery observer-spotter. You can deduce this from the spelling of Serjeant which dates deep in Brits military and as late as WWI," he said.


The spelling "serjeant" was in use in the Second World War, also, so this is apropos of nothing.

If there really is a First World War code-book, that would be very interesting, but a good scam artist could also go over the code and invent some meanings for the note. Not saying that has happened here, just saying anything is possible. Hopefully someone can authenticate the story - would be great if this Canadian fellow had done what he claimed - solved it in 17 minutes using historical sources.
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