Memorial to Pigeon Soldiers

Lille Pigeon MemorialYes, a pigeon memorial!

in 1936, at the entrance to the Lille Zoo, the French Federation of Pigeon Fanciers erected a memorial ‘to the 20,000 pigeons who died for their country’ and ‘to the pigeon fanciers who were executed by the enemy for having kept them’.

While researching for my first novel, UNRAVELLED, I came across the use of carrier pigeons by the military, even found statistics tracking their successful communications on behalf of the Canadian Signal Corps. Clearly the people of Lille were even more dedicated to these faithful birds who kept the information flowing.

Inscription beneath the monument is: Au Pigeon Voyageur.

I will never curse another pigeon …

Share this post

About the Author

Picture of Meet M.K.Tod

Meet M.K.Tod

The historical fiction author behind A Writer of History...

All Categories

Subscribe to the Blog

Receive the latest posts on writing and reading historical fiction via email.

Join 2,206 other subscribers

2 Responses

Leave a Reply