pigeon army

An unlikely hero.

During the First World War homing pigeons were used widely to transport communications between front line units and commanders in the rear. When the United States Army landed in large numbers on the Western Front in the summer of 1918, British pigeon fanciers donated 600 birds to them, one of which was a hen, soon to be named Cher Ami - French for ‘dear friend’.

On 3 October 1918 she, with Major Charles Whittlesey and more than 500 men, became trapped in a small depression on the side of a hill as an offensive was halted by German forces. There behind enemy lines, in dense woodland, food and ammunition quickly ran low and friendly fire began to rain down from allied guns oblivious to their location. After the first day just 194 men remained alive. Two pigeons were sent up with messages for aid but both were quickly shot down by German soldiers atop the hill. With just Cher Ami left, the following note was attached to her leg and she was released with the lives of 194 men dependent on her survival:

We are along the road parallel to 276.4. Our own artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For heaven’s sake, stop it.

Rising into the treetops she met a hail of fire, taking a round to her breast (her punctured sternum is shown on the left in the photograph) she began to bleed profusely. Another severed her the right leg leaving it hanging by a single tendon and yet another blinded her in one eye. She fell from the sky, only to pick herself back up and fly 25 miles in just 25 minutes. Her message was received and a push was made to rescue the 194 men of the lost 77th Division.

Army medics worked hard to save the life of Cher Ami and succeeded in doing so. A small wooden leg was crafted for her stump and once sufficiently recovered she was put on a boat to the United States, with General John J. Pershing personally seeing her off as she departed France. On 13 June 1919 she died at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey,  from the wounds she received in battle. She had been awarded the Croix de Guerre Medal with a palm Oak Leaf Cluster for her heroic service, delivering 12 messages during fighting at Verdun and also received a gold medal from the Organized Bodies of American Racing Pigeon Fanciers. She was later inducted into the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame in 1931.

Throughout the 1920s and ‘30s Cher Ami was as well known to American school children as any human World War I hero. Her body mounted by taxidermists, she currently sits in the National Museum of American History’s ‘Price of Freedom’ exhibit, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

A message is attached to a carrier pigeon by British troops on the Western Front, 1917.

One of France’s homing pigeons, named Cher Ami, was awarded the French “Croix de Guerre with Palm” for heroic service delivering 12 important messages during the Battle of Verdun

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‘Under Pigeon Pressure’ Poster by ProfessorBees
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“Under Pigeon Pressure” poster

The hit music classic, sung by real life drawn pigeons, all squished onto one giant page. I may have to include this song into future prints of the physical comic. :’0

Overwatch Character Songs

THIS IS JUST A PERSONAL OPINION

Genji - Scars by Tove Lo / One Take by Ghetts x Rude Kid [Instrumental]

McCree - Howlin’ For You by The Black Keys / Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People

Phara - Rocket by Def Leppard / Before The Light Takes Us by Darkness Falls

Reaper - Sinister Kid by The Black Keys / Being Evil Has A Price by Heavy Young Heathens

Soldier: 76 Indestructible by Disturbed / Centuries by Fallout Boy

Sombra - Victorious by Wolfmother / Joker & The Thief by Wolfmother

Tracer - I’m Ready by AJR / Do It Now by Mashd n Kutcher

Bastion - August by UFK Dubstep / 99 Problems by Hugo

Hanzo - Wayfaring Stranger by Ego Likeness / Paint It, Black by Hidden Citizen

Junkrat - The Bomb by Pigeon John / Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

Mei - One Time by Marian Hill / We Are Young by FUN.

Torbjörn - This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race by Fallout Boy / Tusk by Fleetwood Mac

Widowmaker - A Little Wicked by Valerie Broussard / Encore by KSI

D.Va - OMG by Arash ft. Snoop Dogg / Kannibalen by Apashe

Reinhardt - Planets by Avenged Sevenfold / Waidmanns Heil by Rammstein

Roadhog - Fatty Boom Boom by Die Antwoord / Takillya by Vinnie Maniscalco

Winston - Hellbent by Mystery Skulls / Unnatural Selection by Muse

Zarya - Rari Workout! by Lethal Bizzle ft. JME & Tempa T / Yellow Claw by Kaolo

Lúcio - MTBD by 2NE1 / Ain’t A Party Without Me by David Guetta 

Mercy - I Need A Doctor by Dr. Dre ft. Eminem & Skylar Grey Disclosure by Latch ft. Sam Smith

Symmetra - La La La by Shakira [2014 Brazil] / Time And Space by Deeco

Zenyatta - Gold by Kiiara / Host Of Seraphim by Dead Can Dance

So yeah… these are the songs I think are befitting for the characters. Again, it’s just a personal opinion.

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I am really looking forward to this!

Miraculous Ladybug is about Marinette Cheng, a high-schooler living in Paris. After inheriting a pair of magic ladybug earrings, she gains the power to become the superheroine… well, Ladybug. Her superpower is the power of Luck, if she uses it for altruistic purposes only. Joining in her adventures is a black-clothed catboy named Chat Noir (whose secret identity happens to be Adrien, Marinette’s crush), a mime villain with dastardly shadow-based powers, another villain (Hawkmoth, hellbent on stealing their powers) who fights with an army of pigeons, and a mysterious elderly man with a butterfly motif.