for the birds …

article on wartime avian photographers

Toronto. Some ideas work; some don’t. In 1942, the third Reich experimented with pigeon photographers according to this article in the September, 1942 issue of Popular Mechanics . Cameras were attached to pigeons and set for automatic operation over a period of time. Released over Russia, I guess the Nazis hoped the photographs would offer cheaper aerial surveillance.

War time brought out many new ideas and experiments, but as I suggested, some worked; some didn’t.

Thanks to my good friend, George Dunbar, for finding this article and sharing it with us, Was it a spoof? was it true? Don’t know. Both sides tend to diss the other in any war. WW2 was no different.

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