Friday, 21 May 2004 Britain considered training pigeons to deliver biological weapons after the Second World War but decided the birds had outlived their usefulness in
battle, government files released yesterday show. Gulf Daily News
[related articles] WMDs to be dropped by pigeon post The brainchild of an RAF pigeon enthusiast, Wing Commander WDL Rayner, who was fully supported by the wartime head of MI6, Sir Stewart Menzies, he
believed that his "revolutionary" theories could change the way future wars were fought. An ad hoc sub-committee was set up by the Joint
Intelligence Committee to look at the prospects for "pigeon warfare". Scotsman.com
Plan for kamikaze pigeons to bomb Russia In 1946 the Soviet Union was racing to catch up with the United States in developing an atom bomb. In Britain, the military was working on a secret
and terrible weapon of its own: germ warfare suicide pigeons. Independent.co.uk
My fovorite quote: "It is clear that pigeon research will not stand still; if we do not experiment, other powers will." I know germ warfare
is in no way a laughing matter but I cannot envision myself saying that in public with a straight face.
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