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OSMAN (Lt.-Col. A.H.) Pigeons in the Great War: A Complete History of the Carrier-Pigeon Service during the Great War, 1914 to 1918. 1st Ed., 58pp. (+ advert leaves), 35 photos. (portraits, various pigeon transport & equipment), several reproduction documents &c. in text. The Racing Pigeon Pubg. Co. 1928  #59607
[HLMainPic] A most detailed, interesting & well-illustrated history of the carrier-pigeon service in the war, conducted under the direction of the author, who states that "Quite 100,000 pigeons passed through my hands for active service" & that "Towards the end of the war 150 British mobile lofts, with complete equipment, wee on active service on the French & Italian fronts. This will give some little idea of the extent & usefulness of the service..." As well as a good history of the formation & arrangements of the service there is a roll of some hundreds of pigeons who performed particularly meritorious service, with details of some of these services, plus excellent illustrations of equipment, birds, personnel &c. involved in the pigeon service. Orig. blue cloth, gilt title to front, VG, rare & inscribed: "With the author's compliments & best wishes A.H. Osman 22/11/28." See illustrations on our website.   £225


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