Originally posted by yeebsy
Looks like dodgy activation codes for windows 8
TextTop code-breakers at one of Britain's intelligence agencies, the GCHQ, say they have failed to decipher a message found attached to the leg of a dead Second World War pigeon. The code-breakers have been puzzling for weeks over the contents of a red canister found attached to the leg of a dead pigeon discovered in a Surry chimney.
The thin strip of paper, headed with the words, "Pigeon Service", contains 27 groups of five letters.
Code-breakers say it may have been encrypted using a specialist code book, or using a one-time pad. The best guess is it may have been sent by an army unit in Europe, who needed to report a simple message back to Britain whilst on the move. But barring any further discoveries, this pigeon may have taken its secret to the grave.
AOAKN - Artillery Observer At "K" Sector, Normandy
HVPKD - Have Panzers Know Directions
FNFJW - Final Note [confirming] Found Jerry's Whereabouts
DJHFP - Determined Jerry's Headquarters Front Posts
CMPNW - Counter Measures [against] Panzers Not Working
AOAKN - Artillery Observer at "K'-sector, Normandy
KLDTS - Know [where] Local Dispatch Station
27 / 1526 / 6 - June 27th, 1526 hours
Originally posted by ANNED
My guess it was coded with a M-94 code machine.
Small units like the OSS or free french had to be able to hide everything and it had to be small
The first and last 5 letter group could be a unit code or day date code because it might be a couple days before the pigeon made it back to HQ and they would need to know what days code to use.
Originally posted by PhoenixOD
Originally posted by hotel1
The characters are grouped into fives that may tell us something. It might suggest that it is not text.
I think where cyphers are concerned letters are grouped like that to make it harder to crack the code by knowing the length of the words used in the message.